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Irish politician; Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Minister for Defence, leader of the Fine Gael party

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Leo Varadkar: Irish politician; Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Minister for Defence, leader of the Fine Gael party
Leo Eric Varadkar is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Taoiseach, Minister for Defence and Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017. He has also been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency since 2007.

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Irish Fianna Fail lawmaker says party undecided on Fine Gael talks

Ireland's center-right Fianna Fail party has not come to any decision about the prospect of coalition talks with the Fine Gael party of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, one of its lawmakers said on..
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Irish PM tacitly criticizes Johnson's sacking of Northern Ireland minister

Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, tacitly criticized British leader Boris Johnson for sacking his Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith, hailing Smith as "one of Britain's finest..
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Leo Varadkar: Fine Gael preparing to go into opposition [Video]Leo Varadkar: Fine Gael preparing to go into opposition

Leo Varadkar has said his party is preparing to go into opposition in the new Dail. After a six-hour parliamentary party meeting on Monday, the Fine Gael leader said he "relishes the challenge" to lead..

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Candidates vote as Ireland heads to the polls [Video]Candidates vote as Ireland heads to the polls

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar cast his ballot in Dublin on Saturday, in a general election that is likely to remove him from power. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Irish General Election: Leaders vote in close-run poll [Video]Irish General Election: Leaders vote in close-run poll

Irish premier Leo Varadkar is fighting to win a third successive term in government for his Fine Gael party, as opinion polls show Sinn Fein is on course to challenge the status quo.

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Sinn Fein on the brink of power as Ireland heads to polls [Video]Sinn Fein on the brink of power as Ireland heads to polls

If Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald can turn the Irish nationalist party's opinion poll lead into a historic election breakthrough this week, it will be healthcare and housing not their signature..

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Sinn Fein polls surge on Irish unification pledge [Video]Sinn Fein polls surge on Irish unification pledge

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein have surged to the top of an opinion poll five days ahead of an election that looks set to be a major breakthrough for the former political wing of the Irish Republican..

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Who are the Irish election candidates? [Video]Who are the Irish election candidates?

Ireland is going to the polls on February 8 to decide who will lead it for up to five years. Take a look at the three main party leaders: Leo Varadkar, Micheal Martin and Mary Lou McDonald.

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Sovereignty over economy: UK's tough stance on post-Brexit trade [Video]Sovereignty over economy: UK's tough stance on post-Brexit trade

Britain has laid out a tough opening stance for talks with the EU over a post-Brexit trading relationship, despite appeals from business to ensure goods can travel freely across borders. David Doyle..

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Leo Varadkar gives speech on future of British-Irish relations [Video]Leo Varadkar gives speech on future of British-Irish relations

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives a speech at the Irish Institute of European Affairs about the next phase of British-Irish relations post-Brexit. Mr Varadkar said he was confident a “good” deal can be..

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'Tonight we say goodbye to an old friend': Irish PM [Video]'Tonight we say goodbye to an old friend': Irish PM

The European Union and Britain are further apart in rhetoric than substance as they begin future trade talks, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said, ahead of Britain's departure from the bloc.

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'Brexit Day' steps into transition twilight zone [Video]'Brexit Day' steps into transition twilight zone

After years of wait, the day has finally come. The United Kingdom leaves the European Union for an uncertain Brexit future, the most significant change to its place in the world since the loss of..

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Boris: I respectfully disagree with the Taoiseach [Video]Boris: I respectfully disagree with the Taoiseach

Boris Johnson has said he ‘respectfully disagrees’ with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s comments on Brexit. Johnson believes that the negotiations could be completed by the end of 2020...

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Michel Barnier meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of Brexit [Video]Michel Barnier meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of Brexit

After holding talks with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Dublin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said both sides could work together to strike a mutually beneficial deal. Mr Varadkar also made..

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Thousands attend Drogheda rally in opposition to drug-related violence [Video]Thousands attend Drogheda rally in opposition to drug-related violence

Thousands attended a rally in Drogheda, Ireland to voice opposition to drug-related violence in the town, following the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods. Politicians including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and..

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Leo Varadkar involved in fiery exchange on homelessness [Video]Leo Varadkar involved in fiery exchange on homelessness

The Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, Leo Varadker was involved in a heated debate about rising homelessness during a visit to Swords, Ireland. The exchange took part at the end of the first full week of..

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Varadkar willing to support a Fianna Fail minority government [Video]Varadkar willing to support a Fianna Fail minority government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is willing to enter a confidence-and-supply arrangement with Fianna Fail, however he ruled out going into a coalition with Sinn Fein. Mr Varadkar said he would be..

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Leo Varadkar: 'It's only half-time for Brexit' [Video]Leo Varadkar: 'It's only half-time for Brexit'

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said that there has to be a level playing field in the Brexit negotiations to ensure the single market and customs union are "not diluted". The Taoiseach said there must..

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Leo Varadkar announces February election in Ireland [Video]Leo Varadkar announces February election in Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed Ireland’s General Election will take place on Saturday February 8. Making an announcement outside Government Buildings, Mr Varadkar said: “I have always said..

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Varadkar – Ireland and UK to beef up co-operation after Brexit [Video]Varadkar – Ireland and UK to beef up co-operation after Brexit

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver a joint statement during their visits to Stormont after a deal to secure the return of a local government was struck..

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British and Irish Prime Ministers meet in Belfast [Video]British and Irish Prime Ministers meet in Belfast

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meet in Belfast after the resumption of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Report by Woodsli. Like us on Facebook at..

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rish premier Leo Varadkar urges parties to get behind powersharing deal [Video]rish premier Leo Varadkar urges parties to get behind powersharing deal

Irish premier Leo Varadkar urges other parties to "get onboard" with powersharing talks. Speaking in Dublin, he said: “We are at a very sensitive point now in the talks in Northern Ireland and..

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Christmay Day dips for brave swimmers in UK and Ireland [Video]Christmay Day dips for brave swimmers in UK and Ireland

Hardy swimmers take the plunge for Christmas Day dips around the UK and Ireland, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar among those taking part in the sea off Dublin. The Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park..

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Irish PM ready for opposition, leaves coalition option open

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday it was likely he would be the next leader of the opposition after government formation talks but that his Fine Gael party would be willing to help..
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Irish PM says obligation on all to ensure political stability

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, whose Fine Gael party came a narrow third in national elections at the weekend, said that while the poll had transformed politics, there was an obligation on all..
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Ireland's Fine Gael said will try to form a government

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael party still hopes to lead the next government, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Monday after initial results indicated the party will have the..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM Varadkar says coalition with Sinn Fein is not an option

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Sunday a coalition between his center-right Fine Gael party and left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein is not an option as the parties' policies are "not..
Reuters - Published

Sinn Fein Irish election surge leaves three main parties tied

Support for left-wing Irish nationalists Sinn Fein surged in an election on Saturday, leaving it tied with the party of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar but unlikely to emerge with the highest number of..
Reuters - Published

Irish vote may end Varadkar's spell as PM as Sinn Fein surges

Irish voters look likely to dump Prime Minister Leo Varadkar from power on Saturday in an election that could alter the political landscape with a surge by Sinn Fein, which has struck a chord among..
Reuters - Published

Irish housing crisis derails Varadkar's re-election bid

Nine years after a devastating crash in property prices catapulted the party of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to power, a housing market recovery too rapid for many threatens to dump it into..
Reuters - Published

Rigid red lines will hamper progress on EU trade deal: Ireland's Varadkar

Britain and the European Union should not set such rigid red lines before talks on a trade deal because that could make it more difficult to secure an agreement, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said..
Reuters - Published

British, EU level trade playing field possible but difficult: Irish PM

There is scope for the European Union and Britain to agree to maintain equal standards in a future trade deal, but coming to such an agreement will be hugely difficult, Irish Prime Minister Leo..
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Irish PM says EU, Britain not that far away on trade

The European Union and Britain are further apart in rhetoric than substance as they begin future trade talks, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said ahead of Britain's departure from the bloc on..
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Third poll shows Irish PM's party behind in election race

The party of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is trailing its main rival ahead of a general election on Feb. 8, a third consecutive poll showed on Sunday, with data indicating few voters trust it on..
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Main Irish opposition rules out grand coalition with PM's party

Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail, leading in opinion polls, on Thursday ruled out forming a grand coalition with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael after the Feb. 8 election.
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Irish PM willing to enter grand coalition with main rival

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said for the first time on Wednesday that he would consider entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party and historic rival..
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Main Irish opposition surged into 12-point lead as election called

Ireland's main opposition party, Fianna Fail, surged into a 12-point lead over the governing Fine Gael party according to an opinion poll that was published on Sunday but conducted mainly before Prime..
Reuters - Published

Homeless issues puts Irish PM on electoral backfoot

The plight of a homeless man badly injured when city workers cleared the tent he was sleeping in put Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on the backfoot on Thursday as housing issues dominated the start..
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Irish PM seeks to put Brexit at center of Feb. 8 election

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday called a parliamentary election for Feb. 8, pitting his record on Brexit and Ireland's fast growing economy against struggling services in a contest polls..
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Irish PM calls national election for Feb. 8

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he would ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament in order to hold a parliamentary election on February 8.
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Irish PM to call February national election: president's office

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to hold a parliamentary election in February, the president's office said in a..
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Irish PM expected to call February election: reports

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is expected to ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to call a February parliamentary election, local media reported.
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UK PM Johnson visits Northern Ireland to meet new executive, Irish PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland on Monday to mark the restoration of the British province's devolved executive after three years and to hold talks with Irish counterpart Leo..
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Ireland's PM sets stage for possible February election

Ireland's Prime Minster Leo Varadkar said on Sunday he had made a decision on the timing of a general election, with many media outlets and politicians predicting a Feb. 7 poll.
Reuters - Published

Northern Ireland political talks at advanced stage, Irish PM says

Talks between Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland to restore devolved government there are reaching an "advanced stage", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.
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Irish PM to meet main rival to discuss election date

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is to meet the leader of the opposition party that props up his minority administration on Thursday to discuss the date of the next parliamentary election.
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UK's Johnson and Varadkar vow to help restore N.Irish government

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ireland's Leo Varadkar vowed to work together to restore the power sharing government in Northern Ireland on Friday.
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Ireland set for IS detainee, young daughter to return from Turkey

Ireland expects to repatriate an Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State and her two-year-old daughter from Turkey this weekend, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday, as authorities in Ankara..
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Irish PM says will not call election as no-deal Brexit risk remains

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Wednesday said he would not call an election this year due to the continued risk of a chaotic British exit from the European Union.
Reuters - Published

EU leaders may meet on Friday if no Brexit extension consensus: Irish PM

European Union leaders may need to meet as soon as Friday if they cannot agree through contacts with chairman Donald Tusk on the terms of a potential Brexit extension, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar..
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Ireland to investigate if truck where bodies found passed through country

Irish authorities will carry out any investigations necessary if it is established that the truck in which the bodies of 39 people were found near London on Wednesday passed through Ireland, Prime..
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Ireland to await developments from UK and EU on possible Brexit delay

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday he would await further developments from London and Brussels about a possible extension to Brexit after his British counterpart lost a crucial vote in..
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Ireland's Varadkar says no British request to delay Brexit yet

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday afternoon that Britain has not yet made any request to delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a vote in the UK parliament that means he..
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Irish PM's party primed for snap election if Brexit sealed: party sources

Supporters of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will urge him to call a snap election if Britain can seal its departure from the European Union, four members of his Fine Gael party told Reuters.
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Johnson-Varadkar meeting was turning point in reaching Brexit deal: Barnier

An Oct. 10 meeting near Liverpool, England, between Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, was the turning point in reaching Thursday's new deal on Britain's..
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Irish PM says Brexit issues remain, EU sources report "standstill"

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday that last-ditch talks between the European Union and Britain had so far failed to resolve issues standing in the way of an amicable Brexit, with EU..
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Irish PM says outstanding Brexit issues, may need more time

There are still issues to be resolved in Brexit negotiations, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday, as European Union sources said the eleventh-hour talks with London were at a..
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Irish PM says Brexit talks make progress and going in the right direction

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday that Brexit talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union had made progress and were moving in the right direction.
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Amid Brexit tension, Irish PM says UK citizenship laws out of step with Northern Ireland peace deal

British citizenship laws are out of step with Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord that recognized the birthright of anyone in the British-run region to identify as Irish, British or both, Irish Prime..
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Irish PM's popularity surges as Brexit takes center stage: poll

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's approval rating has jumped sharply as voters back his government's approach on Brexit ahead of a parliamentary election he wants to hold in May, a poll showed on..
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Brexit Gets Adrenaline Shot From Meeting of British and Irish Leaders

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and his Ireland counterpart, Leo Varadkar, saw “a pathway to a possible deal” ahead of the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.
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UK Brexit planning minister Gove delighted by Johnson, Varadkar talks

Michael Gove, the British minister in charge of the government's preparations for Brexit, said talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart on Thursday had been constructive and..
Reuters - Published

Brexit deal can be done by October 31, Ireland says after positive Johnson meeting

A Brexit deal could be clinched by the end of October to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in an orderly fashion, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said after what he called a very..
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Irish PM says Brexit deal is possible by October 31

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that a Brexit deal was possible by Oct. 31 after what he said was a very positive meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Britain and Ireland see a pathway to Brexit deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar said they saw a pathway to a possible Brexit deal after a last-ditch meeting aimed at paving a way for the United Kingdom to leave..
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Irish PM says in UK to see if any Brexit progress can be made

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was meeting his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, on Thursday to see if they could make any progress in Britain's negotiations with the European Union to..
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