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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at the 1916 Annual Arbour Hill Commemoration Ceremony last month

“I do think it would be possible for us to win a referendum on joining a European defence (force) but I think that’s why it would be important for us to be a part of designing it alongside countries like Cyprus, Austria and Malta, who also don’t plan to join Nato.

“We are not members of Nato and we have no plans to join Nato, but we have never been neutral politically, we have always been on the side of democracy.

Some people would talk about developing a European defence that is separate to Nato or almost in competition with Nato. That doesn’t make sense to me.

“It makes sense to me that there should be very close links between the European Union and any European defence and Nato – even though we may not be a member, we wouldn’t want to prevent cooperation or interoperability between any of those things.

I think Irish people have always seen defence and security as being more than military alliances so we’re very proud of the role that we’ve played in United Nations peacekeeping around the world.”

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar. at the European People’s Party (EPP) Congress in Rotterdam.

Leo Varadkar confident he could secure a Yes vote for Ireland to join EU army (Independent.ie)


This afternoon.

Good times.

Earlier: Last Gaffs

Last night.

Seattle, USA.


“I am very pleased that the garda investigation is now over. It was a very long and thorough one and at the end of it, there was no recommendation that there should be any charges,” he said.

“The matter is now with the DPP and we await a decision.

“The allegations made against me were false, they were politically motivated.

“I did not commit any crime, I did not do anything corrupt, in fact I did not do anything self-interested and when this is over I think that will be clear to any reasonable person.”

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar yesterday.

Any excuse.

I did not commit any crime – Varadkar on leak inquiry (RTE)

Taniaste Leo Varadkar arriving to Cabinet in Dublin Castle this morning

This afternoon.

Via Independent.ie:

The membership of the Fianna Fáil youth wing has voted in support of a motion which called on party TDs “not to cast votes in favour of any individual seeking election to office of Taoiseach should said individual be under criminal investigation”.

The motion, which was before the Fianna Fáil Ógra National Youth Conference last weekend, also called on TDs “not to support said individuals to ministerial portfolios”.

Through the passing of the motion, the youth wing’s central office board will have to bring the same motion to the party’s ard fheis.

This means the membership of the entire Fianna Fáil party, as well as its ministers, TDs and senators, will vote on the motion at the party conference in several months’ time.


Fianna Fáil youth wing will call on TDs not to vote Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach if he is still under garda investigation (Independent.ie)


Leo Varadkar (left) and Tony Holohan at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020

This morning.

The Chief Medical Officer and public health advisers do not see the need for new restrictions to deal with the ‘surge in Covid cases’, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told a party meeting last night.

Via RTÉ News:

Addressing a meeting of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Leo Varadkar said Omicron is less severe and the population is highly vaccinated.

Leo Varadkar said Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown was very busy on his visit there today but the situation was similar to a bad flu season.

He said that economic and social restrictions are not imposed during a bad flu season.

Mr Varadkar encouraged everyone to get their booster vaccine, to wear masks, prioritise ventilation and to focus on outdoor activity.

The Government also wants to see advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) on a fourth vaccine dose

CMO does not see need for new restrictions – Tánaiste (RTE)


This afternoon.



Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar (left) with Deputy Government Press Secretary Nick Miller at Dublin Castle this morning

This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar this morning


This mornning/afternoon.

Dail Eireann.