Leo Varadkar is a TD for Dublin West and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
He is the youngest member of the Irish Government and was appointed to office by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny in March 2011. First elected to Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) in 2007, he is a former Fine Gael Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade & Employment, and a former Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Prior to his election to the Dáil, he served as a member of Fingal County Council from October 2003. He received the highest vote in Ireland in the Local Elections of 2004, and was elected Leas-Cathaoirleach of the county.
He has taken a strong interest in political reform, proposing and securing Government support for a more transparent system of making public appointments, and he authored the first policy paper calling for a reduction in the number of State agencies.
Born and raised in the Blanchardstown/Castleknock area, Leo studied medicine in Trinity College, Dublin where he earned a BA, BAO, BCh and MB in 2003. He worked in several hospitals before opting for General Practice.