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Biography of the Taoiseach

 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar headshot

Welcome to the Department of the Taoiseach website.  I hope you will find the contents and links of interest.

Created in 1937, following the adoption of the new Constitution, the Department plays a vital role in supporting and advising the Taoiseach. It helps me to carry out the various duties of my office.  The Department also supplies administrative support to the Government Chief Whip, and provides the Secretariat to the Government.  By acting as a link between the President, the Taoiseach, and other Government Departments, the Department plays a central role in official business.

In addition, the Department is involved in a whole range of areas such as developing and co-ordinating policy on Economic and Social Development, Northern Ireland, and the European Union.  It arranges State functions like the annual National Day of Commemoration, Presidential inaugurations, and State Dinners, and provides a protocol service to the Taoiseach of the day.

On this site you will find a whole range of information about these functions and other items of general interest.  I also encourage you to access the main Government website (www.gov.ie) where you can find out more about the work of other Government Departments and Agencies.

Best wishes,

Leo Varadkar TD

Taoiseach 

Biography:

Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach on 14 June 2017.

Born in 1979, the son of an Indian father and Irish mother, he was educated at King’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, where he studied to be a medical doctor.  He has worked as a junior doctor and qualified as a general practitioner.

He first ran for Dublin Corporation in 1999, but lost.  He ran again in 2004 and topped the poll.

Elected to the Dáil on his first attempt in 2007, he took his seat on 14 June. 

Following the 2011 General Election he was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.  In the summer of 2014 he was appointed Minister for Health.

Following the 2016 General Election, he was appointed Minister for Social Protection.

He was elected leader of Fine Gael on 2 June 2017.