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This afternoon.

Government Buildings.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar launched an updated ‘Work Safely Protocol’ to ‘assist employers in reopening safely’.

He confirmed that vaccination will remain voluntary.

Via RTÉ News:

He said the protocol will guide employers on how to manage unvaccinated workers.

Today’s document incorporates the latest public health advice, and contains guidelines on antigen testing, vaccinations and ventilation to assist employers in reopening the economy while keeping workers and customers safe.


Mr Varadkar said they now had a “Government-endorsed” report on antigen testing, and acknowledged that many employers were already using it.

I am encouraging more to do so,” he added.

Vaccinations to remain voluntary as workplaces reopen – Tánaiste (RTÉ)





Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at Dublin castle yesterday

This morning.

Dermot & Dave show on Today FM.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said:

“We expect there may be 10 to 15 per cent of people who will refuse the vaccine and just don’t want it, although, they may change their minds if the ability to travel and attend mass events is linked to it

“…What we really need for this to work fully is to get about 80 per cent of people vaccinated, that’s where you start to hit herd immunity, where the virus just doesn’t have anywhere to go.”

Varadkar fears Covid-19 vaccine ‘apathy’ (BreakingNews.ie)


This morning

Those who refuse an offer of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will go to the back of the queue , according to the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

The rollout of the AstraZeneca jab has been restricted to people over the age of 60 because of concerns about a blood clotting side effect in younger people.

Via Irish Times:

Asked what would happed to people who refuse the AstraZeneca vaccine, he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland “they will have to wait until the end”.

People who refuse AstraZeneca vaccine will go to back of queue, says Varadkar (Irish Times)



In a video posted to Facebook Taoiseach Tanaiste leo Varadakar said the Government would introduce:

“Additional measures for the fully vaccinated, more freedoms for those who have been vaccinated.”

He added:

“We are developing a digital green certificate vaccine pass, so you’ll be able to prove that you’re fully vaccinated.”


Additional freedoms for the fully vaccinated on the way, says Leo Varadkar (Irish Examiner)


This afternoon.

Further to the Irish Examiner‘s exclusive this morning…

…revealing documents released to Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty (above questioning the Tanaiste last November) show that Mr Varadkar sought to have a hard copy of the GP pay deal between the Government and the irish medical organisation (IMO) waiting for him as he emerged from the Government jet around the same time he was looking for IMO boss Maitiú Ó Tuathail’s home address.

Deputy Doherty said:

“This shows the extreme lengths that he went to in order to leak a confidential document to his friend. Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that he sought this document for his personal use, but these revelations show that he was making arrangements to leak it before he even had it in his possession.”

Varadkar had hard copy of GP pay deal waiting for him as he stepped off government jet (Irish Examiner)


Violet-Anne Wynne, Sinn Féin TD for Clare

That’ll learn him.

Probably not.

Violet Anne Wynne?

From top: Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has given a statement to gardaí investigating Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s admission that he leaked a €210m GP contract. Mr Harris provided gardaí with a signed written statement on his knowledge of the events leading up to Mr Varadkar’s decision to send a copy of the contract to the former National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) Dr Maitiu O Tuathail

“The gardaí have to do their job and investigate that complaint. I would expect nothing else.

“They have not been in contact with me about the matter, but I have, through my solicitors, made contact with them and I have offered to meet with them, answer any questions they may have, and provide a full statement on the matter.

“The facts are no different to those set out by me in the Dáil last November.

“My legal advice is that I have committed no offence. I look forward to the matter being concluded.”

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar


Varadkar offers to meet gardaí over GP contract (RTÉ)


From top: Tanaiste Leo Varadkar; Lynsey Bennett outside the High Court yesterday

Yesterday: I’ve Been Organising Goodbye Videos For My Children (Newstalk)

A message on a wall in the Belvoir area of south Belfast spotted on Saturday morning has since been painted over

This morning.

The PSNI are treating graffiti on a Belfast wall about Tanaiste Leo Varadkar ‘not to cross the border’ as a hate crime.

Via The Irish News:

Northern ireland First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted: “Violence or the threat of violence has no place in democracy. I condemn those behind this.

“The NI Protocol needs replaced but violence or its threat will not achieve the change Northern Ireland needs.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said she was “shocked at the disgusting graffiti targeting Leo Varadkar which I condemn, as will the majority of people across the community.

“This is a hate crime motivated by prejudice,” she said.

“It’s also criminal damage and anyone with information should contact police who must investigate.”

Police treat threatening Leo Varadkar graffiti as hate crime (Irish News)

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Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar

This afternoon.

The Tánaiste said the Government’s new mandatory requirement of a PCR test is being met with a very high degree of compliance and fines are being issued for those who breach the rules.

He said the three main reasons for opposing mandatory quarantine were that it is “disproportionate”, because positive Covid-19 cases within the State were not quarantined; the EU’s stringent rules on the freedom of movement; and the fact that Ireland cannot control its border, ie with Northern Ireland, in the same way that other island states can…