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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is currently a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency, and was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on 9 March 2011.
Varadkar was born in Dublin, the son of an Indian father (a retired GP in Blanchardstown) and an Irish mother. He was educated at King's Hospital School, Palmerstown and Trinity College, Dublin where he qualified as a medical doctor, and was a member of the Young Fine Gael branch, as was fellow 2007 entrant to Dáil Éireann, Lucinda Creighton.
He was co-opted to Fingal County Council in 2003 to replace Sheila Terry. At the 2004 local elections, he was elected to the council to represent the Castleknock local electoral area, polling the highest first preference vote in the country. He is a former vice-president of the Youth of the European People's Party and an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election. He was party spokesperson on ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Leo Varadkar tells Garth Brooks promoters: 'Onus is on you to reschedule or ...
2014-07-04
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has said the onus is on promoters Aitken to reschedule or relocate the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts. Share. Go To. Comments. In a statement today Mr Varadkar described the cancellations as a ...
(Irish Independent)
  1. Council says Garth Brooks decision 'cannot be amended or appealed'
  2. Garth Brooks gig issues a 'blow to fans, visitors' - Varadkar
  3. Dublin City Council to issue statement on Brooks

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Varadkar says pensioners will not lose free travel
2014-06-30
Transport providers have threatened to withdraw from the scheme. Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Alan Kelly cut a LUAS birthday cake at St Stephen's Green to help celebrate Dublin's LUAS tram system 10th Anniversary. Photograph: ...
(Irish Times)
  1. Scrapping of free travel pass 'not on the agenda'
  2. Ministers celebrate 10 years of the Luas by eating cake and listening to ...
  3. Luas turns 10

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Guarantee talks 'not ruled out' for inquiry, says Varadkar
2014-06-30
The Government is exploring ways to make the minutes and discussions of the cabinet meeting held on the night of the bank guarantee accessible to the Oireachtas banking inquiry, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said. The banking inquiry was last ...
(Irish Times)
  1. Browsing the internet on cups and catastrophic mistakes: The week in quotes

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Leo Varadkar refuses to be drawn on Health portfolio
2014-06-29
Mr Kenny needs to make health less high-profile, so Mr Varadkar, an independent-minded minister who could adopt a hardline in budget talks, may not suit. "You put Leo into Health and he's too box office," a Coalition source said. Ms Burton wants the ...
(Irish Independent)
  1. Minister Varadkar says only Taoiseach will decide on new cabinet
  2. Bruton and Coveney linked to Health portfolio

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Leo Varadkar: You can't get internet on a cup.
2014-06-28
Dáil parliamentary questions and their responses are usually very formal in their tone, but Transport Minister Leo Varadkar appeared less mindful of his "Ps and Qs" in one of his latest PQ responses to Sinn Féin's Sandra McLellan. The Cork East TD ...
(Irish Examiner)
  1. Varadkar calls on airline parties to accept last chance

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Minister Varadkar launches maritime safety consultation process
2014-06-27
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD has launched a new consultation process on maritime safety -'Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture'. There have been 134 maritime fatalities since 2002, almost half of which were as ...
(Businessandleadership.com)
  1. Half of maritime deaths since 2002 were on recreational craft
  2. Minister Calls for 'Sea Change' in Maritime Safety Culture

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Varadkar hints at desire for environment or economic portfolio in reshuffle
2014-06-25
Leo Varadkar has dropped hints he would be interested in becoming Environment Minister in the Cabinet reshuffle – or taking up an economic portfolio. Share. Go To. Comments. Environment Minister Phil Hogan is tipped to become Ireland's new European ...
(Irish Independent)
  1. Varakar plays down talk of move to health

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Sole-searching Varadkar searches for aide's missing shoes
2014-06-23
Leo Varadkar is no loafer when putting the boot into political opponents but he was in a more sole-searching frame of mind this afternoon when he took to a popular social media platform in search of an aide's shoes which went, er, brogue on the morning ...
(Irish Times)
  1. Varadkar: People are unlikely to browse the internet on a cup while driving

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Video: Does Leo Varadkar want to be Minister for Health?
2014-06-09
LEO VARADKAR'S INSISTING he'd like to stay where he is in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle. The Transport & Tourism minister has long been linked with a move to the Department of Health — with speculation intensifying once again in recent weeks, ...
(thejournal.ie)
  1. Leo Varadkar's concerns of possible strikes at Aer Lingus

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