Leo: Homeless crisis keeps me awake at night
Taoiseach gets a grilling on Late Late
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.