Varadkar: nursing home legal strategy was ‘sound policy and legitimate’

The Taoiseach said that he must have been briefed about the matter, and would have signed off on it

The taoiseach has told the Dáil that he must have been briefed about the state's nursing home charges legal strategy. Picture: Bryan Meade

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come out fighting against claims that the government had a secret plan to unfairly force people to pay for private nursing home care.

He told the Dáil that what was in place was “a sound policy approach and a legitimate legal strategy.”

He told Mary Lou McDonald, the Sinn Féin leader, that he must have been briefed by his officials about the state’s legal strategy in the cases. He had yesterday said that he did not know of the state’s legal strategy on nursing home charges.