Leo Varadkar, TD
Leo Varadkar TD is the Taoiseach of Ireland. He was elected by Dáil Éireann to the role for the second time in December 2022, having previously served in the role from 2017 to 2020. He served as Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment from June 2020 to December 2022. He was appointed the Leader of Fine Gael having been elected to the position by the Party’s Electoral College system in 2017.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport he led a number of bold initiatives, including The Gathering: the largest and most successful tourism initiative ever held in Ireland. He took the decision to link up Dublin’s heavy and light rail commuter network through the Luas Cross City project; open up more bus routes to competition; further develop the National Sport Campus; and grant independence for Shannon Airport. He also developed a new Road Safety Strategy and a National Ports Policy.
In his time as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, the number of international visitors to Ireland has increased by one million per annum, while passenger traffic has increased through the three State airports and on public transport.
Born in 1979 and raised in the Blanchardstown/Castleknock area of west Dublin, Leo attended St Francis Xavier National School and The King’s Hospital in the locality, before studying medicine at Trinity College, University of Dublin and qualifying as a General Practitioner. He is a former member and Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, securing the largest personal vote in Ireland in the 2004 local elections. He chaired the EU Council of Transport Ministers during the Irish Presidency of the European Union in 2013 and served on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Leo likes watching rugby and Gaelic football, is a Dublin and Leinster fan and a fitness enthusiast who regularly takes part in running and triathlon events. He likes to travel, attend concerts and go to the cinema.
Leo has a particular interest in political and public sector reform. In Government he set up a more transparent public appointments process for State boards, publishes his expenses online, and dramatically expanded the role of parliamentary committees in the drafting of new policies and legislation.
News & Statements
Speech of the Taoiseach and Fine Gael President Leo Varadkar TD, Cumann na nGaedheal Centenary Event27th May 2023
Statement from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Derek Keating
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has paid tribute to Derek Keating, who has died.7th May 2023
Condolences on death of Dr Hugh Byrne - Fine Gael Leader, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD24th April 2023
Statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
“I want to pay tribute to Denis Naughten for the enormous contribution he has made to politics nationally, and to his native county.13th February 2023
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces Seanad Spokespersons
An Taoiseach and Fine Gael President Leo Varadkar has today announced the Seanad Spokespersons for the party.26th January 2023
Speech of the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD, at the Centenary of the Irish State Commemoration
Speech delivered by An Tánaiste,, Leo Varadkar TD, to commemorate the centenary of the Irish State6th December 2022
Speech of the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar T.D., 81st Fine Gael Ard Fheis, Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone, Saturday 19 November 2022.
A dhaoine uaisle, a comhleacaithe, Oíche mhaith agaibh go léir. We are here in Athlone, in the middle of Ireland, in the Technological University of the Shannon... a perfect example of the new age of education we have pioneered for the 21st century and our commitment to balanced regional development.19th November 2022
Statement by Tánaiste and Fine Gael Leader Leo Varadkar on the death of Vicky Phelan
Today Ireland has lost a woman of limitless courage, compassion and strength. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Vicky’s family, particularly to her children on the loss of their incredible mother.14th November 2022
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