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Varadkar insists there is no ‘conspiracy’ over giving State car to Coveney

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said there is no mystery or conspiracy around how the decision was reached that the Foreign Affairs Minister should get a State car and two Garda drivers.

t comes amid controversy that former tanaiste Simon Coveney gets to retain his State car, at the cost of 200,000 euro per year.

Previously, only the taoiseach, tanaiste and justice minister get this service in government.

It emerged on Wednesday night that former taoiseach Mr Varadkar made a request for a State car for his party colleague, Mr Coveney, while he was still in the role.

Labour leader Alan Kelly asked how Mr Varadkar as taoiseach of the last government, made a request for a state car for a minister in a government that had not yet been formed.

Mr Varadkar told the Dail that it has long been security protocol that the Foreign Affairs Minister needs Garda transport when going to Northern Ireland.

He said: There is no mystery and conspiracy here, Deputy, and you can try to exaggerate it.

There are particular security protocols when it comes to the Minister for Foreign Affairs travelling to Northern Ireland.

Whenever the minister travels there, that person has to have a Garda car and Garda protection.

They are then met by the PSNI at the border to be escorted through Northern Ireland.

That has been security protocol for the past 20 years.

The Tanaiste is usually also the Foreign Affairs minister so this has not been an issue.

However It did happen on occasion when the minister for Foreign Affairs was not the Tanaiste and they needed civilian drivers when they were south of the border and then had a Garda car when in Northern Ireland.

When I knew I was going to be the Tanaiste of this new Government and there was going to be a new Foreign Affairs Minister, I asked the Secretary General to look into the matter and decide what was appropriate.

That was the beginning and end of my involvement in it.

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On Saturday, I noted with sadness the passing of the Honorable Stephen F. Williams, a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Given Judge Williams’ importance for administrative law and the academy, I thought it was worth noting some of the additional remembrances and celebrations of his life that have been posted since.

Several of Judge Williams’ former clerks memorialize him at Notice & Comment, where Aaron Nielson also celebrates Williams’ intellectual legacy and notes the large number of legal academics who clerked in his chambers. TheWashington Post obituary is here.

Judge Williams was a regular panelist and participant in programs at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he lectured on legal reform in early 20th-century Russia (broadcast on C-Span), a subject that he also addressed in two books. AEI remembers Judge Williams here.

In 2006, a portrait of Judge Williams was hung at the D.C. Circuit. A transcript of that ceremony, including remarks from his colleagues and several former clerks, can be found here.

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Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself one year ago, setting off wave of conspiracy theories and celebrity denials

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Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself one year ago, setting off wave of conspiracy theories and celebrity denials


Jeffrey Epsteins death, regardless of circumstances, robbed his victims of the chance to confront him in court. What we need to remember about Epstein is not how he died, but the terrible damage he and his cohorts did to countless young girls when he was alive and, by remembering, commit ourselves to bringing to justice his cohorts and enablers, and to never again tolerating such abuse, said attorney David Boies, who represents some Epstein accusers.

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Right-wing conspiracy theorists get (even more) unhinged as Trump’s chances fade

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