Leo Varadkar tells Ryan Tubridy what keeps him up at night in 'grilling' Late

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

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

The figure of homeless people on our streets now stands at around 10,000 – with these people not having a stable home over their heads for Christmas.

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

“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.”

Ryan continued to grill the Taoiseach, 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.

Ryan said that this pause from the Taoiseach was very telling.

He said: “Not as the 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.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD
(Image: Gareth Chaney Collins)
Ryan Tubridy in RTE
(Image: Collins Photo Agency)

“We have a plan to change it and make it better.”

He also defended calling Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald ‘cranky’ in the Dail as “political banter.”

He went on to say that he could not see Mary Lou as a Tanaiste in his future government, saying that Sinn Fein do not respect the prison service and the Gardai.

He also ruled out a coalition between the two parties in future.

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

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

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

A third said: “Watching the late late show and I’m not the biggest Ryan fan but in fairness decent interview with Leo Varadkar I’d say he half wishes he did fall down the steps than answer half the questions.”

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