Varadkar must harness his aloofness, arrogance and self-regard to succeed

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[As published in the Sunday Independent on Sunday July 13, 2014] ‘Varadkar is sufficiently unmindful of his master’s bidding to ignore attempts to transform the department into an office of the Campaign to Re-Elect the Taoiseach’ Former transport minister has been the stand-out performer in Government so far. TWO apparently unrelated events this week might … Continue reading

Legislation for free GP care for under 6s


[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2014] It is obvious that circumstances have changed somewhat since this Bill first saw the light of day in a context when radical changes were taking place in the provision of medical cards. We had a new Bill which, taken on … Continue reading

Proposed Under 6s GP Contracts

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] There was understandable outrage last year when the editor of a current affairs journal in Thailand, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for violating that country’s lèse majesté laws, which make it an offence to tarnish the good name of any member of the … Continue reading