Dublin, November 6th 2018: The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, was the latest guest on JOE’s new long-form interview series, ‘Ireland Unfiltered’ as well as making an appearance on sister site Her’s long-running show, Girls With Goals.
During a wide-ranging conversation on Ireland Unfiltered with host Dion Fanning, he spoke about his reasons for wearing the shamrock poppy, his vision for a “United Ireland worth having”, why Europeans in Brexit Britain no longer feel at home and he offered a stout defence of his government’s housing policy during the housing and homelessness emergency.
The Taoiseach on a ‘United Ireland worth having’: “I think, at the outset, a United Ireland worth having, is one whereby people are united, whereby everyone in the country would feel they’re part of the country, a country in which nobody feels they’ve been left out… I would not like to visit on unionists in Northern Ireland what, I believe, was visited on nationalists and Catholics in Northern Ireland – people feeling that this wasn’t their state, that they weren’t really part of it, that they were bounced into it or left in it against their will.”
The Taoiseach on wearing the shamrock poppy: “I think it’s particularly important this year because of the centenary, but I think it’s important every year. A few times in the course of Irish history we’ve reinvented our history, and I think now that we have a decent distance from that period, we can perhaps be a little bit more honest about it. I think by understanding Irish history, we help to breed understanding but it’s not designed to challenge anyone’s loyalty.”
On Girls With Goals, Mr Varadkar spoke to host Niamh Maher about the gender wage gap and pay equality in Ireland. He also talked about the high cost of childcare and the struggles that highly skilled women are facing when it comes to re-entering the workforce.
Commenting on the Taoiseach’s visit to Maximum Media, CEO Daragh Byrne said: “We were delighted and immensely proud to welcome the Taoiseach today, I think it will be a memorable day for everyone, as well as a huge testament to how hard the team here work. We have been very clear about our ambitions to be the most influential media organisation in Ireland by the year 2022, and I think today is most definitely a clear demonstration that we are well on our way to achieving that.”
Ireland Unfiltered with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is available to watch now on YouTube, and to listen to on all major audio platforms. Girls With Goals will be available later this week.