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Leo Varadkar
Nickname Dr Scrubs
Gender Male
Nationality Ireland
Ethnic Irish
  Irish Indian
Job Prime Minister of Ireland
  Irish Prime Minister
  Irish Politician
  Leader of Fine Gael
Sex Homosexual
Desc Leo Varadkar has become the Republic of Ireland’s new taoiseach [prime minister]. A parliamentary vote confirmed the 38-year-old as the country’s youngest and first gay leader by 57 votes to 50, with 45 abstentions. He is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor from India, won the Fine Gael party leadership. He has made his leadership rival Simon Coveney the deputy leader of the party


Political Party Fine Gael
Org Young Fine Gael
Workplace Connolly Memorial Hospital


Father Ashok Varadkar
Mother Miriam Varadkar
GayPartner Matthew Barrett
Sister Sophie Varadkar
  Sonia Varadkar
Minister of Education Joe McHugh
Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan
Coparty Simon Coveney
Schoolmate Kathryn Thomas
Colleague Jack Quinn


School The King’s Hospital School
University Trinity College Dublin


Simon Coveney Leo Varadkar make his leadership rival Simon Coveney the deputy leader of the party
Jack Quinn Jack Quinn was a Republican member of the US House of Representatives from 1993-2005. Leo Varadkar was one of the students that worked with him as an intern back in 2000. Leo Varadkar worked in the congressman’s office in Washington DC while he was on an internship under the Washington Ireland Program
Trinity College Dublin Leo Varadkar study medicine and completed his six-year degree in April 2003
The King’s Hospital School Prestigious fee-paying school in west Dublin where Leo Varadkar was a pupil from 1991 to 1997. The walls of one of the corridors in the school hold pictures of notable past pupils including noted academics and scientists. Side by side on the wall are pictures of two pupils from the Leaving Certificate class of 1997 - RTÉ presenter Kathryn Thomas and Leo Varadkar
Connolly Memorial Hospital A hospital in Blanchardstown
Dr Scrubs There have been reports that as a young councillor Mr Leo Varadkar left work in Connolly Memorial Hospital wearing his green doctor’s cloths to attend a county council meeting in Swords. It has been reported that council colleagues labeled him ‘Dr Scrubs’ after this
Homosexual Shortly before the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland he came out as gay during an interview with RTÉ
Political View His views are regarded as a centre-right politically due to his approach to socio-economic issues
  Due to his sexuality and ethnic background, he is seen by many as a liberal leader of a country once perceived as socially conservative
2011 In 2011, Fine Gael appointed Mr Varadkar as the minister for transport, tourism and sport - and then health minister

2017 06 14 Retrieve

[Addressing the Dáil (Irish parliament) after his election] I’ve been elected to lead but I promise to serve. The government that I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions don’t comprehend the political challenges of today. The government I lead will be one of the new European centre as we seek to build a republic of opportunity

[the sympathy of the Irish people over the loss of life in the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London] The UK has been through some terrible tragedies over the past few weeks so we offer them our sympathy and solidarity

[He also quoted Seamus Heaney’s The Republic of Conscience, saying] At their inauguration, public leaders/must swear to uphold unwritten law and weep/to atone for their presumption to hold office. [He vowed to approach the job as taoiseach with] profound humility and respect for what has gone before

2017 08 20
Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking part in the Pride Parade in Montreal, Canada

2017 09 18 Retrieve

Now that Ibrahim Halawa has been cleared of all charges, I expect he will be released as soon as possible and can return home to his family. The government will facilitate his return home at the earliest opportunity

2017 10 20 Retrieve

I am really really delighted to hear that Ibrahim Halawa has been released from prison.He is receiving full consular assistance at the moment. We are helping him to get back to Ireland where he will be reunited with his family and hopefully he will get on with his life and get on with his studies. He spent far too long in a different prison but I am delighted that he is now out.I would as people to respect his family’s wishes for privacy

2017 12 24 Retrieve

[the resignation of his close colleague Frances Fitzgerald] She is a good woman who has done a lot for this country

[A last-minute deal during Brexit negotiations over the future of the border on the island of Ireland] It was probably the positive outcome of the first phase in the Brexit negotiations. it was a good result for Ireland but we have more to do in the new year ahead to secure it

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has this afternoon approved plans to move to Phase 1 of the roadmap to recovery] I can confirm that it is safe to proceed with Phase 1 of our plan to ease the Covid-19 restrictions on Monday. This gives us reason to hope, but it is not a cause for celebration. We have a long way to go yet. There will be bumps in the road and we have to keep our guard up.

As a country we have done a lot to suppress the spread of this virus. But extreme vigilance will be required until a vaccine, effective treatment or prophylaxis is found, and that might be some time away. The only thing that is inevitable is the spread of the virus unless we push it back every day. Coronavirus is a ‘fire in retreat’ but it is not defeated. We must extinguish every spark, quench every ember.

If all goes well, we will enter a new phase of reopening our country every three weeks. The next review will take place on June 5th. To keep going forward, we need to keep following the guidelines. Everything is provisional and reversible, and our progress depends on us all continuing to do what we have been doing.

As the restrictions ease and we come into contact with more people, the opportunity for the virus to spread increases. So, self-discipline and personal responsibility will become more important, not less.

In three weeks’ time, on Friday 5 June, I fervently hope to be here to announce that we will move to Phase 2. A further relaxation of restrictions. This depends on the progress we make between now and then. Nothing is guaranteed. The only thing that is inevitable is the spread of the virus unless we push it back every day