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Leo Varadkar TD

Assumed office 
June 2007
Constituency Dublin West

Born 18 January 1979 (1979-01-18) (age 30)
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Website Official website

Leo Varadkar (born 18 January 1979) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is currently a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency,[1] and is party spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Varadkar was born in Dublin, the son of an Indian father (a GP in Castleknock) 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.[2] 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.

Immigrant controversy

Varadkar was criticised for suggesting to offer a payment to unemployed immigrants in return for leaving Ireland and returning to their home country.[3]


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Preceded by
Joe Higgins
(Socialist Party)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin West


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