Politician

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

Born:

Leo Varadkar is an Irish Politician who served as  Taoiseach, Minister for Defense, and Leader of Fine Gael, born on 18 January 1979, In Dublin, Ireland.

Family Background:

He is born to Ashok Varadkar and his wife Miriam. His father is a Hindu doctor of Indian origin while his mother is an Irish Catholic Nurse. He has two sisters, Sophie and Sonia.

Personal Life:

He is in a long-term relationship with Matthew Barrett, a doctor at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Education:

He had attended the St Francis Xavier National School, Blanchardstown, before moving to Palmerstown at The King’s Hospital for his secondary-level education. After completing his school education he had entered in the Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). He had initially studied law before switching to medicine.

Career:

In 2003, Leo Varadkar graduated from the school of medicine following which He had worked for several years as a junior doctor in St. James’s Hospital and Connolly Hospital. He qualified as a general practitioner in 2010. Meanwhile, he remained politically active throughout this period and had been elected to the Dail Eireann at the 2007 general election. He had also served as the party spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment from 2007 to 2010. He had been easily re-elected to Dail Eireann in 2011. In July 2014, The cabinet had been reshuffled and Varadkar found himself replacing James Reilly as Minister for Health. This came as no surprise as he is a qualified doctor. In the 2016 Irish general elections, held in February, He had been once again elected to the Dail Eireann and retained the health portfolio in an acting capacity until May that year. In May 2016, The then-Taoiseach, Enda Kenny had appointed Varadkar as Minister for Social Protection. His stature in the Irish political scenario continued to rise and on 2 June 2017, Varadkar had been elected leader of Fine Gael, succeeding the retiring Kenny.

Leo Varadkar

Unknown Facts:

  • Leo Eric Varadkar is his full name.
  • He gets a kick out of seeing his name on chocolate bars.
  • He is the First PM from a minority background.

Master Stroke:

  • He has held several ministerial portfolios such as Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport from 2011 to 2014 and Minister for Health 2014 to 2016.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 2015, He had been named Man of the Year by the publication Irish Tatler.

What can we learn from him??

Like Leo Varadkar, Use Criticism to Make You Stronger. There is no particular time to become a success.

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