Tag Archives: Leo Varadkar

From top: Danielle McLaughlin, who was murdered in Goa, India in March, 2017; a letter this week from the Taoiseach’s office to Danielle’s mother, Andrea Brannigan

Columba writes:

I though you might like to post the reply received from the office of an Taoiseach today to the mother of Indian murder victim Danielle McLaughlin.

It states in the most callous way that she wasn’t an Irish citizen and shouldn’t bother contacting the Irish government and goes on to provide contact details of the British Foreign sec.

Danielle was indeed an Irish citizen, and as such an Irish passport holder. She was also a British citizen and passport holder.

She was born in Scotland and moved back to Donegal with her Irish mother as a young child, thus qualifying for both citizenships.

The Department of an Taoiseach doesn’t seem to know this, or indeed care about it at all….

Danielle McLaughlin’s Mother Shocked By Disgusting Letter From The Taoiseach (DonegalWoman)

Previously: In Goa

Rachel Lavin, of The Story, reports:

Over €50,000 has been spent making videos promoting government policies go viral on social media, in which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar features heavily.

A sample of 15 such videos were paid to reach 14 million views on Twitter and Facebook, with the Taoiseach featuring heavily in nearly 20% of the footage as he informs the public about topics ranging from the Budget and Project Ireland 2040 to softer campaigns such as Bliain na Gaeilge and the Rugby World Cup bid.

The government under Leo Varadkar has increased its self-production of media, with the use of videos on social media having increased nearly 250% since his taking office.

Varadkar star of Government’s paid-for Viral Videos (Rachel Lavin, The Story)

This afternoon.

Supply and FIGHT!


Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has rebuffed a request from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to open talks seeking to extend the Confindence and Supply Agreement between the parties to summer 2020, with an election to be held then.

Mr Martin said Fianna Fáil will discuss the review process around the Confidence and Supply Agreement once the Budget is announced next month.


Martin reiterates position on no talks before Budget (RTÉ)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

“I think that has an impact on people’s mental health and not in a positive way.”

He said politicians have to expect “a certain level of abuse” if they are willing to put their picture up on lampposts.

“That is often reflected online. It’s worse online and on social media because people can use the cloak of anonymity. To me, that’s cowardly but that’s the way people behave,” he said.

Varadkar lashes out at ‘cowardly’ anonymous trolls on social media (Independent.ie, July 17, 2017)

The book outlines how Mr Varadkar brought a team together to make his bid to succeed former Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader. It describes how the campaign’s social media strategy was devised.

The book says: “At one point, Varadkar floated the idea to one TD of creating anonymous accounts to make positive comments under online stories on popular news websites. It’s unclear how far the proposal was pushed.”

Varadkar ‘suggested creating anonymous accounts online to make positive comments on news’ (Independent.ie, September 3, 2018)

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

Dunne & Crescenzi, North Frederick Street, Dublin; Leo Varadkar as a student

During his Trinity days, Varadkar often organised social events for Young Fine Gael, at which he would insist on “good quality wine and canapes“.

One night in the Dunne and Crescenzi restaurant, an unnamed female ex-minister caught him taking some beer from the bar.

Instead of apologising, Varadkar launched an attack on her personal performance. “It was carnage,” says an eye-witness.

“The former minister was not at all pleased and would remark about the incident for years to come.”

From yesterday’s Evening Herald [link below] via Leo: A Very Modern Taoiseach

*soft cough*

Leo was seven when he told a shop owner ‘I want to be health minister’  (Andrew Lynch, Evening Herald)

This morning.

Roebuck Road Clonskeagh, Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan visit the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland at where they will be meeting with the Management of the Centre as well as with members of the Muslim community in Dublin.

Daf or bodhrán?

You MUST decide.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Vicky Phelan outside Government Buildings this afternoon ahead of a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Last night.

Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan announced she’s taking a break from Twitter and campaigning on the CervicalCheck cancer screening scandal.

Vicky is meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this afternoon.

Earlier this week, Vicky told Miriam O’Callaghan, on RTÉ Radio One, that she planned to ask him to make good on his promise that women affected by the scandal wouldn’t have to be “dragged” through the courts.

Previously: Vicky Phelan on Broadsheet

Pic: Rollingnews

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Diblin 2

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  speaking to the media at the publication of the Government’s Annual Report entitled ‘A Programme for a Partnership Government‘.

‘Propped-up’, surely?


Sam Boal/RollingNews

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the High Court on Thursday

Earlier today.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was asked about terminally ill Limerick mum Ruth Morrissey, 37,  who will return to the High Court tomorrow – in light of him saying in May that no more women affected by the cervical cancer scandal would have to go to court.

Last Thursday, Ms Morrissey, who has cervical cancer and may have less than two years to live, began her action for damages against the HSE and two laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Medlab Pathology Ltd.

Ms Morrissey  claims smear tests carried out in 2009 and 2012 were wrongly reported as being normal and that a review of these smears took place in 2014 and 2015 with the results being sent to her gynaecologist in 2016 – but she was not told until May this year.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Further to this….

The Taoiseach told RTÉ:

“I am very sorry that she has cancer, I’m very sorry for her and her family, I’m very sorry it wasn’t picked up earlier on screening.

“I’m very sorry she wasn’t informed of the audit when she should have been and I really do hope that the treatments she’s getting is successful and it will extend her life so she can see her daughter grow up. I think that’s the most important thing.

“This is an ongoing court action, I’m not in hiding, but I’m sure you’ll understand that I am limited in what I can say about an ongoing court case. I’m not party to the case, some of the facts are confidential, some of the facts are privileged and I don’t want to say anything that might prejudice the outcome.

“But there are a few things that I can say. Certainly what the Government wants is that all cases are settled by mediation so the women can avoid a court trial – that is absolutely what we want. Two cases have been settled by mediation already without a trial.

“Mediation did occur in this case but wasn’t successful. And I spoke to the Attorney General on Friday, I think it was, to speak to the State Claims Agency, to ask that mediation be resumed, be recommenced with the view to settling this case out of court. And it’s hope that that can still be done.

“And that’s certainly, I think, what we want to happen. It is, however, and I acknowledge this, it is the constitutional right of anyone to go to court if they feel that’s in their best interests. And that’s a constitutional right and I perhaps should have been more clear about that, back in May, acknowledging that people have the constitutional right to go to court if they feel it’s in their best interests. And no Government can take that away, nor should any Government want to take that away.”

Meanwhile, earlier this morning…

On RTÉ’s Today with Miriam O’Callaghan, Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan – who is to meet Mr Varadkar on Wednesday – said she is going to ask him to make good on his promise that women wouldn’t have to be “dragged” through the courts.

She said:

“There are another 40-something cases come down the line that are going to have to be taken. So are we going to have to see this at every case that is taken. So, for me, it is to go up there and ask the Taoiseach to make good on his commitment, basically, to the women of this country. Because if he doesn’t, I don’t think he should be in the position he’s in.

RTÉ’s health correspondent Fergal Bowers told Claire Byrne, on RTÉ’s News at One:

“The point here is the laboratories and their insurers have a say also in this, as defendants. They have insurance against each claim certainly being made but they may wish to fight some cases and see how matters play out.

“So it was never in the gift of the Government to say cases wouldn’t go to court because it’s a complex situation and everyone has the right to go to court, including the plaintiff in these cases.

“So there were a lot of promises not realised here. Like promising the Scally review would be completed by the end of June, well that didn’t happen. And that the review of 3,000 smear tests would be completed by the end of May, that didn’t happen. Or that we wouldn’t see more cases like this going before the courts. These things have just continued.”

Mr Bowers said there are 49 pending legal actions in relation to the scandal.

Govt wants all misread CervicalCheck cases settled by mediation – Taoiseach (RTE)

Related: Justine McCarthy: Cancer probe delay is a cruel injustice (Justine McCarthy, Sunday Times)