Leo Vardakar

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The department said this Government and the previous administration had introduced several increases to the minimum wage, resulting in Ireland now having the second highest minimum wage in the European Union.

The Government is concerned that proposed new EU legislation could result in the introduction of a “lowest common denominator approach” to the minimum(...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the authority had become ‘too much of an administrative system’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

The Health Service Executive (HSE) was “at war” last year with senior politicians, the Department of Health, trade unions and many other stakeholders,(...)

Citizens’ Assembly chairwoman Catherine Day said the session on Saturday was to get people to ‘think how much gender stereotyping is inside all of us whether we know it or not’. File photograph: Catherine Day

Citizens’ Assembly chairwoman Catherine Day has suggested that the public may be more liberal on the issue of gender equality than might be expected. (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil has rejected his comments as “nonsense”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested to union leaders that Fianna Fáil proposals could see a pay freeze being introduced for more than 300,000 staff a(...)

underCURRENT: the camp cabaret spans burlesque, dance, drag and live music. Photograph: Eddie Kavanagh

The City of Dublin Working Men’s Club, established more than one hundred years ago, historically catered to the brewers, dockers, drovers and others e(...)

Far left, Willie Lynch, his partner Tara Gilbert who was pregnant, and their daughters, Jodie and Kelsey. Centre top left, Willie’s brother. Jimmy Lynch. Centre bottom left, Christy Connors, centre top right, Mary Connors, centre bottom right, Jim Connors, and their parents, far right, Thomas and Sylvia Connors.

As the brightest stars of our political firmament gathered at Dublin’s Mansion House on Monday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Dáil, j(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker welcomes British prime minister Theresa May at the commission the day before a summit of the European Council on Brexit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Theresa May swept in to Brussels tonight for a pre-summit meeting with Commission President Jean Claude Juncker as Spain lifted its threatened veto of(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila (right)  at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Helsinki. Photograph: Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP

Taoiseach Leo Vardakar has set out a second key condition for acceptance by Ireland of any Brexit backstop review mechanism currently being proposed b(...)

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends an EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, on October 16, 2018.Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

What is a no-deal Brexit?  A no-deal Brexit is the term used to describe what happens if the UK leaves the European Union without concluding a w(...)

Why do we spend enough money to have a first-class health service but end up with waiting lists that will top a million patients this year? Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images

Why does the State not work? Why is it chronically unable to produce effective, timely and fair responses to social crises? Why can it not tackle a cr(...)

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