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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 been Taoiseach, Minister for Defence and Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017. He has also been Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin West since 2007.

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Ireland could try to block Mercosur trade deal on Amazon concerns: Varadkar

As wildfires rage through the Brazilian Amazon, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur unless..
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UK PM Johnson and Ireland's Varadkar agree to meet in Dublin in early Sept

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar spoke by phone for almost an hour on Monday and agreed to meet in Dublin in early September, the Irish and British..
Reuters - Published

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Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting [Video]Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

Oxfam held a climate change protest on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, as world leaders put pressure on Brazil to do more to save the amazon rainforest from wildfires. Joe Davies reports.

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Irish PM: No-deal Brexit increasingly likely, border poll would be 'divisive' [Video]Irish PM: No-deal Brexit increasingly likely, border poll would be 'divisive'

Leo Varadkar said a no-deal Brexit is increasingly likely — but a referendum on Northern Ireland’s constitutional future would be “divisive.”

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Leo Varadkar at Belfast Pride: This is Belfast at its best [Video]Leo Varadkar at Belfast Pride: This is Belfast at its best

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses thousands of people at Belfast's Custom House Square for the city's Pride parade event. It is the first time the Irish premier took part in the Belfast march.

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Michelle O'Neill blasts 'highly discourteous' Boris Johnson for not speaking with Irish premier [Video]Michelle O'Neill blasts 'highly discourteous' Boris Johnson for not speaking with Irish premier

Sinn Fein's deputy leader Michelle O'Neill blasts Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not speaking with Irish premier Leo Varadkar since taking office last week. Mrs O'Neill called Mr Johnson "highly..

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Sterling down as UK 'turbo-charges' no-deal plans [Video]Sterling down as UK 'turbo-charges' no-deal plans

The UK is "turbo-charging" its preparations for a no-deal Brexit, the UK's foreign secretary said on Monday - something that many investors fear would disrupt the global economy and send Britain into..

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Taoiseach: No-deal Brexit could lead to support for united Ireland [Video]Taoiseach: No-deal Brexit could lead to support for united Ireland

A no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland to consider supporting a united Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said. Those uncomfortable with a..

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Leo Varadkar: No-deal Brexit is a British threat [Video]Leo Varadkar: No-deal Brexit is a British threat

Britain will not secure a free trade deal with the EU without the Irish border backstop, Ireland’s Taoiseach has said. Leo Varadkar warned new Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the position of Dublin..

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UK PM Johnson has no meeting scheduled with Ireland's Varadkar: spokesman

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has no meeting scheduled with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit, Johnson's spokesman said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Brexit: Varadkar warns Boris Johnson there will be no renegotiation on Irish backstop ahead of crunch meeting

Mr Varadkar's office said there would be no movement on the Irish backstop and the Taoiseach's position 'has repeatedly been made clear'
Independent - Published

British PM Johnson to meet Ireland's Varadkar over Brexit: report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph said citing UK government sources.
Reuters - Published

Belfast Pride: Irish leader Leo Varadkar takes part in LGBT+ march

'The biggest parade that happens in Northern Ireland isn't orange or green, it's rainbow-coloured'
Independent - Published

Irish PM open to talks with UK's Johnson 'without precondition'

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday he was ready to meet Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss his Brexit plans "without precondition".
Reuters - Published

Irish PM sees security, constitutional threats in no-deal Brexit

If Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, Ireland could be faced with both security and constitutional threats, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Ireland not going to be bullied on Brexit: PM

Ireland is not going to be bullied in talks over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in an interview published on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Irish PM tells Johnson that withdrawal agreement cannot be re-opened

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Tuesday that the Brexit withdrawal agreement could not be re-opened, and that "satisfactory" alternative arrangements..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson tells Ireland: We leave EU on Oct. 31 'no matter what'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Tuesday that Britain will be leaving the European Union "no matter what" on Oct. 31, stressing that the so-called Irish..
Reuters - Published

New British PM calls Dublin for first time since taking charge

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke by telephone on Tuesday, national broadcaster RTE has reported.
Reuters - Published

Brexit: Boris Johnson clashes with Irish leader Varadkar over backstop as EU stands firm over deal

The Taoiseach told the prime minister that 'satisfactory' alternative options for keeping the border open had not yet been identified
Independent - Published

Irish government does not see lack of Johnson call as snub: minister

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's failure to call his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar for almost a week after his appointment is not a calculated snub and the two are likely to engage at the..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM says hard Brexit would raise issue of Irish unification

If Britain leaves the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31, the question of planning for a future unification of Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland will inevitably arise, Irish Prime..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM wants to meet UK's Johnson to understand 'real red lines'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Friday said he would need to meet his British counterpart Boris Johnson to understand his "real red lines" on Brexit, and that Ireland had shown in the past that it..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM Varadkar says there is still time to avoid no-deal

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that he was confident an agreement could still be reached to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.
Reuters - Published

Irish PM: 'I hope UK's Johnson hasn't chosen no-deal'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday said it was not yet clear whether his British counterpart Boris Johnson had chosen to leave the European Union without a deal, but that the decision was..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM says no-deal Brexit would be a British decision

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday said it was Britain's decision alone on whether it would leave the EU without a deal and said he hoped Prime Minister Boris Johnson would not take that..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM looks forward to discussing Johnson's plan to abolish backstop

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday he was looking forward to discussing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposals to abolish the backstop.
Reuters - Published

Irish PM says Johnson call for new Brexit deal 'not in real world'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suggestion that Britain's withdrawal agreement with the European Union can be completely renegotiated in the coming months is "not in the real world", Irish Prime..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM says he may compromise on Brexit border issue

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday he was willing to listen to alternative proposals from the next British prime minister on keeping Northern Ireland's border open after Brexit and..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM says he will listen to alternatives to Northern Ireland backstop

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday he was willing to listen to alternative proposals from the next British prime minsiter on keeping Northern Ireland's border open after Brexit.
Reuters - Published

Brexit has sent 'not as important' Britain into decades of decline, Irish PM Varadkar says

Leo Varadkar says UK has struggled to accept its is less important than it once was
Independent - Published

Ireland considering port checks on whole island in no-deal Brexit

Ireland is exploring the idea of checking live animals and animal products from Britain as they arrive at ports on the whole island of Ireland if there is a no-deal Brexit, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar..
Reuters - Published

Keeping Irish border open in no-deal Brexit difficult but possible, PM says

Reconciling Ireland's twin aims of keeping its border with Northern Ireland open and remaining a fully compliant member of the EU's single market in a no-deal Brexit would be difficult but possible,..
Reuters - Published

Ireland's Varadkar confident of Brexit solidarity from next Commission chief

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said he was confident the nominee to lead the European Commission, Germany's Ursula von den Leyen, would show the same solidarity with Ireland over Brexit as its..
Reuters - Published

'We mean what we say': Irish PM says Brexit divorce deal is shut

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar strongly repeated on Friday that the European Union will not reopen the divorce agreement it has reached with Britain or drop the Northern Ireland border "backstop"..
Reuters - Published

Irish economy could contract in no-deal Brexit, PM says

Ireland's fast growing economy could suddenly contract if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, a prospect that has become more likely, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on..
Reuters - Published

Irish premier dismisses talk of moving to top EU job

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday he was flattered by media reports suggesting he could become head of the European Union's executive, but insisted he was not seeking a career change.
Reuters - Published

No-deal Brexit will only ever be British choice: Irish PM

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday that it would be Britain's decision if it leaves the European Union without a deal, not the EU's.
Reuters - Published

Losing patience, EU hostile to more Brexit delays: Varadkar

European Union leaders are losing patience with Britain and will neither allow a further delay to Brexit to continue negotiations with London nor change the divorce deal, Irish Prime Minister Leo..
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UK PM hopeful Gove pledges to talk to Germany, Ireland to win better Brexit

Michael Gove, a candidate to replace Britain's Theresa May, said on Monday if he became prime minister he would try to win changes to a Brexit deal by opening talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel..
Reuters - Published

Brexit: Scrapping Irish border backstop effectively the same as no deal, says Leo Varadkar

Irish premier says it is 'alarming' that Tory leadership contenders want to remove safeguard against hard border
Independent - Published

Trump understands need to avoid hard post-Brexit Irish border, PM says

U.S. President Donald Trump understood in a meeting with Irish officials on Wednesday that Brexit cannot result in the return of a hard border on the island, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on..
Reuters - Published

Trump compares post-Brexit Irish border to US-Mexico border wall during meeting with Varadkar

'The thing we want to avoid, of course, is a border wall,' taoiseach tells US president
Independent - Published

Trump arrives in Ireland for low-key first presidential visit

Donald Trump arrived in Ireland for the first time as U.S. President on Wednesday for a low-key stop-off at one of his golf resorts and a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Reuters - Published

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