Archive for: April, 2017

Leaders Questions

Taxes should be low, simple and fair

First published in the Irish Independent Taxes should be low, simple and fair Taxes should be low, simple and fair. In Ireland, this principle is broadly accepted when it comes to taxing corporate profits, but not when it comes to personal taxation. Why is that? It’s widely agreed that Ireland’s low corporate profit tax rate…

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We need not fear for the future if we trust in people

First published in the Sunday Times We need not fear for the future if we trust in people The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States was unexpected.  The tight result and low turnout of barely 50% was no landslide. Rather it reflects a deeply divided country and a population…

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Stephen Donnelly is wrong: Fianna Fail is not what Ireland needs

First published in the Sunday Independent  Stephen Donnelly is wrong: Fianna Fail is not what Ireland needs Stephen Donnelly is an intelligent and articulate politician. He clearly wants to be in government to get things done. Were it not for the ‘partnership that didn’t work’ with the Social Democrats, he might be in Government already.…

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Paternity benefit – a long-overdue break for new fathers

First published in the Irish Sun Paternity benefit – a long-overdue break for new fathers From the end of September, all working fathers will be able to take two weeks of paid paternity leave. I think this is really important for families, for Irish society and for all children being born in Ireland. It’s been…

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Unity comes from respecting different traditions – not trying to obliterate them

First published in the Irish Independent Unity comes from respecting different traditions – not trying to obliterate them On Friday the 1st of July, I was honoured to lay a wreath at the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall, and pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Irish, from both parts…

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It’s up to this government to revive a spirit of hope, confidence, and optimism

First published in the Irish Independent It’s up to this government to revive a spirit of hope, confidence, and optimism The job of the last Government was to fix the economy and avoid national bankruptcy.  The economy is now recovering strongly but we also have a deeply fragmented society. The new Government allows us to…

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My priorities for Social Protection

First published in the Irish Examiner My priorities for Social Protection I have always believed that politics is about making a difference. That’s why it has been a real privilege to serve as Minister for Social Protection for the past seven months, in charge of the largest Government Department with the biggest budget. The Department’s…

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Why we should help the self-employed

First published in the Irish Independent Why we should help the self-employed I grew up over the shop. My dad was the local GP, my mother the practice nurse and manager. The practice was our converted garage. Until we moved to an extended house, my dad’s patients would come to our front door, and our…

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Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights

Speech by the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, TD, At the UCD Seminar related to Equality, Diversity Inclusion & Human Rights, Monday November 21st I’m delighted to be here today and I want to thank you sincerely for the invitation. I am particularly appreciative, as a Trinity alumnus, for the warm reception I always get here in…

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