Leo Varadkar says it's better to have "slow and steady" approach to reopening the country 4 weeks ago

Leo Varadkar says it's better to have "slow and steady" approach to reopening the country

However, Varadkar is confident that Ireland will move to Phase 2 when expected.

Leo Varadkar has said that he is confident that Ireland will be able to move to Phase 2 of Ireland's reopening when expected, and that it should be officially approved on Friday.

However, he said that the current approach is better than reopening too quickly.

Speaking to the Dáil on Thursday morning, Varadkar said: "I am concerned that this week, many people were calling for us to accelerate things and jump ahead before we even had the data from the last few days… It is better to adopt a slow and steady approach than to go too far, too fast."

He continued: "Given the trend of numbers I am confident we'll approve the move to Phase 2 tomorrow"

Varadkar also talked about the recent killing of George Floyd in America, seemingly condemning Donald Trump's reaction, saying: "We've witnessed the absence of moral leadership.

"In recent decades, we've been enriched by racial diversity. People of colour have came here, and more are born here... We don't need to look across the Atlantic to find racism. We have many examples in our own country.

"We have come together as a country in this fight against Covid-19. So let us use that sense of community and solidarity that has been so  present in recent weeks to take on racism."