Varadkar unveils policy proposals with another blow for the Coveney campaign

Leo Varadkar says if he wins the Fine Gael leadership race he will scrap Simon Coveney’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme if it is inflating house prices.

The Social Protection minister has joined his rival in saying the Universal Social Charge should not be abolished as planned, but merged with PRSI into a new single insurance payment with greater benefits.

He’s launched his policy ideas this afternoon with promises to bring forward delayed infrastructure projects like the Dublin Metro, the M20 between Cork and Limerick and motorway access to the West and North West.

Mr Varadkar says he now wants an early review of the help to buy scheme:

Simon Coveney is effectively “saving face” by staying in the Fine Gael leadership contest.

His campaign manager Damien English this morning admitted they didn’t expect Leo Varadkar to get the level of support he did among Fine Gael’s parliamentary party.

Political Strategist Johnny Fallon told the Joe Finnegan Show this morning that things aren’t looking good for the Coveney camp: