Leo: Home­less cri­sis keeps me awake at night

Taoiseach gets a grilling on Late Late

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY AILBHE DALY

LEO Varad­kar has ad­mit­ted the hous­ing cri­sis is some­thing “that keeps him up at night”.

Speak­ing to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last night the Taoiseach was asked why, af­ter eight years of a Fine Gael gov­ern­ment, the cri­sis is some­thing they “can’t get a han­dle on”.

Mr Varad­kar apol­o­gised to fam­i­lies in ho­tels and pledged to try and fix it, but ad­mit­ted it may never be pos­si­ble to elim­i­nate home­less­ness.

He said: “I think we can cer­tainly make it bet­ter than it is and we can re­solve fam­i­lies be­ing in ho­tels and B&BS for long pe­ri­ods of time.

“But we don’t want to ramp up con­struc­tion in a way that cuts cor­ners.”

Tubs con­tin­ued to grill the Fine Gael leader, ask­ing him if he thought the health ser­vice was fit for pur­pose.

Leo was vis­i­bly dis­tressed and paused be­fore an­swer­ing, at­tempt­ing to de­flect the ques­tion twice. He said: “Not as the

Leo Varad­kar or­gan­i­sa­tion is now. But we have a vi­sion with Slain­te­care to slim down the HSE and have a lot more de­ci­sions made on a lo­cal level. We have a plan to change it and make it bet­ter.”

The Taoiseach also de­fended call­ing Mary Lou Mcdon­ald “cranky” in the Dail as “po­lit­i­cal ban­ter”.

He went on to say he could not see the Sinn Fein leader as a Tanaiste in his fu­ture gov­ern­ment, adding her party do not re­spect the prison ser­vice and the Garda. Mr Varad­kar also ruled out a coali­tion be­tween the two par­ties in fu­ture.

So­cial me­dia was full of praise for Tubridy for not go­ing easy on the Taoiseach.

One user wrote: “Fair play to Ryan, this time he is ask­ing the big ques­tions and push­ing for an an­swer.”

An­other posted: “Jeez, Leo is re­ally strug­gling. Good on Ryan for grilling him.”

The of­fi­cial fig­ure of home­less peo­ple on our streets now stands at around 10,000.

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