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Ireland gets coalition government, Leo Varadkar to return as PM in 2022

Michael Martin will be Ireland’s prime minister (Taoiseach) for two and a half years, and will be replaced by Varadkar for the remaining period of the parliament from December 2022, reports from Dublin said.
Leo Varadkar became Ireland’s caretaker prime minister after no party won a majority in the February 8 election. The process of government formation was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Three parties have now agreed to form the coalition government.(AP File)
Leo Varadkar became Ireland’s caretaker prime minister after no party won a majority in the February 8 election. The process of government formation was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Three parties have now agreed to form the coalition government.(AP File)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 09:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi

Micheal Martin to take over as Irish prime minister in grand coalition

Martin will lead the country until December 2022 when Varadkar is due to replace him in an accord agreed by Martin’s Fianna Fail party and Varadkar’s Fine Gael.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin speaks to media after exit polls were announced in Ireland's national election, in Cork, Ireland.(REUTERS)
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin speaks to media after exit polls were announced in Ireland's national election, in Cork, Ireland.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 07:44 AM IST
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Promoter behind Fury-Joshua deal provokes outrage in Ireland

Daniel Kinahan, an Irishman currently based in the UAE, was name-checked on three occasions by Fury when the WBC champion announced Wednesday he had reached an agreement with three-belt titleholder Joshua for a fight in 2021.
Anthony Joshua poses with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight belts after winning his title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr - Al Faisaliah Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(Action Images via Reuters)
Anthony Joshua poses with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight belts after winning his title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr - Al Faisaliah Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 11:04 PM IST
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DUBLIN | ByAssociated Press

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 PM: Amid Covid-19 pandemic, doctor BJP MPs are returning to hospitals and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Updated on Apr 06, 2020 08:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Irish PM Varadkar returns to hospital duty to help Covid-19 patients

Reports from Dublin said Ireland’s caretaker prime minister Leo Varadkar, who practised medicine for seven years before joining politics, rejoined the country’s medical register in March to work a session a week.
File photo of Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar(Reuters File)
File photo of Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar(Reuters File)
Updated on Apr 06, 2020 08:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

After poll loss, Indian-origin Leo Varadkar quits as Ireland PM

The majority mark in the 160-seat parliament (effectively 159, since the speaker does not vote) is 80. Varadkar’s Fine Gael party won 35 seats, Fianna Fail 38 and Sinn Fein 35. Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are against forming a coalition with Sinn Fein.
Leo Varadkar, 41, will continue in the post until the next government takes over(Reuters File Photo)
Leo Varadkar, 41, will continue in the post until the next government takes over(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 05:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Irish PM Leo Varadkar resigns, assumes caretaker role

Varadkar “has this evening conveyed to the president his resignation from office,” the government said in a statement.
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar resigned on Thursday, staying on as interim leader(REUTERS)
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar resigned on Thursday, staying on as interim leader(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 05:19 AM IST
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Dublin | ByAgence France-Presse

Irish PM Leo Varadkar set to quit as parliament returns following inconclusive election

The Dail -- the parliament’s lower house -- is likely to adjourn at around 2000 GMT and Varadkar will offer his resignation, staying on as interim leader until a new government is formed.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar(Reuters File)
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar(Reuters File)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 08:24 PM IST
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Dublin | ByAgence France-Presse

Ireland PM Leo Varadkar set to fade as Sinn Fein bids for power

The left-wing Sinn Fein, which shares power in Northern Ireland, has upset calculations with its remarkable performance in Ireland, even though it fielded only 42 candidates.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar(Reuters file photo)
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2020 05:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Indian-origin Irish PM Leo Varadkar suffers bruising polls

Varadkar’s party was pushed down to third place with Sinn Fein in the lead, followed by conservative Fianna Fail in second place. Varadkar, whose father was born in Mumbai, has indicated a coalition with Fianna Fail could be possible.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reacts after the announcement of voting results, at a count centre during Ireland's national election, in Citywest, near Dublin, Ireland(REUTERS)
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reacts after the announcement of voting results, at a count centre during Ireland's national election, in Citywest, near Dublin, Ireland(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 10, 2020 05:09 PM IST
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Ireland poll: PM Leo Varadkar on the back-foot; coalition likely

Final results of Ireland poll will be known later in the week, when talks between contending parties are expected to last days or weeks, before a coalition government is formed.
Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (right) with partner Matthew Barrett during a rugby match, Dublin, Feb 8, 2020.(REUTERS)
Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (right) with partner Matthew Barrett during a rugby match, Dublin, Feb 8, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 09, 2020 10:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Leo Varadkar faces stiff challenge in Ireland poll

The Indian-origin prime minister of Ireland who played a key role in Brexit talks and oversaw a radical change in the Catholic country’s abortion law in 2018, is facing a stiff challenge in Saturday’s election, with his party finishing third in opinion polls.
Leo Varadkar, the Indian-origin prime minister of Ireland.(AFP)
Leo Varadkar, the Indian-origin prime minister of Ireland.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 05:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Ireland passes Bill to legalise abortion following May referendum

Ireland on Thursday passed a Bill to legalise abortion following a referendum in the country in May on the controversial issue sparked by the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in 2012 when she was refused abortion due to prevailing laws.
Savita Halappanavar, a dentist who became an icon of the ‘Yes’ campaign during the referendum, died of sepsis in Galway after being denied abortion during protracted miscarriage.(Reuters/File Photo)
Savita Halappanavar, a dentist who became an icon of the ‘Yes’ campaign during the referendum, died of sepsis in Galway after being denied abortion during protracted miscarriage.(Reuters/File Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 08:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByHT Correspondent

Ireland’s new abortion law may be named after Savita Halappanavar

Together For Yes, an umbrella group representing pro-repeal organisations, called on the government to start immediately working on legislation.
Messages are left at a memorial to Savita Halappanavar a day after an Abortion Referendum to liberalise abortion laws was passed by popular vote, in Dublin, Ireland May 27, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Messages are left at a memorial to Savita Halappanavar a day after an Abortion Referendum to liberalise abortion laws was passed by popular vote, in Dublin, Ireland May 27, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2018 07:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

“We’ve got justice,” says Savita Halappanavar’s father after Ireland votes to repeal abortion ban

Savita Halappanavar’s death was a catalyst for the movement to repeal the eighth amendment, paving the way for new legislation to allow for the termination of pregnancies in the predominantly Catholic country.
A woman looks at a new mural of Savita Halappanavar with flowers placed beneath it put up on the day of the Abortion Referendum on liberalising abortion laws in Dublin, Ireland May 25, 2018.(REUTERS)
A woman looks at a new mural of Savita Halappanavar with flowers placed beneath it put up on the day of the Abortion Referendum on liberalising abortion laws in Dublin, Ireland May 25, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 27, 2018 04:31 PM IST
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Ireland holds referendum on its strict abortion laws

Ireland was traditionally one of the most religious countries in Europe. However, the Catholic Church’s influence has waned in recent years following a series of child sex abuse scandals.
A woman votes while her children wait in their pushchair as Ireland holds a referendum on liberalizing its law on abortion, in Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)
A woman votes while her children wait in their pushchair as Ireland holds a referendum on liberalizing its law on abortion, in Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2018 09:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

UK peer calls Irish PM Varadkar ‘a typical Indian’, denies being racist

Lord Kilclooney, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, responded to a BBC headline on Twitter which read: “DUP: Varadkar’s visit to Northern Ireland showed ‘disrespect’”. Kilclooney tweeted back with the words, “Typical Indian”.
Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks on at a Fine Gael party event pressing for a 'Yes' vote in the May 25th referendum on abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland, April 21, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks on at a Fine Gael party event pressing for a 'Yes' vote in the May 25th referendum on abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland, April 21, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2018 09:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar
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