Sunday 23 July 2017

Ambitious Leo Varadkar shows he's just the ticket with All Ireland passes for Kilkenny Fine Gael politicians

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar arriving at Government Buildings with the All-Ireland hurling final tickets on his lap marked for two Fine Gael politicians
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar arriving at Government Buildings with the All-Ireland hurling final tickets on his lap marked for two Fine Gael politicians
Fine Gael Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar as he arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin this morning.
Fine Gael Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar as he arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin this morning.
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

HE'S hotly fancied to be next Fine Gael leader - and it seems Leo Varadkar is already currying favour.

The Social Protection minister was snapped with an envelope containing precious All-Ireland hurling final tickets on his lap yesterday as he arrived to Government Buildings.

"Hurling tickets, payment on collection €160," was printed on the envelope. Kilkenny play Tipperary tomorrow in Croke Park.

The names of TD John Paul Phelan and councillor Mick Doyle were also written across the front.

Political observers were quick to point out that both Fine Gael politicians hail from Kilkenny.

With Mr Vardakar's native Dublin not featuring and Fine Gael left with no TDs in Tipperary, it seems the minister has made an astute choice of support for this Sunday's All-Ireland final.

Played

Mr Phelan said Mr Varadkar had texted him on Thursday to say he had tickets and asked if he wanted them.

"I said I have a guy here who would love them.

"Myself and (councillor) Mick Doyle actually played hurling together.

"He was one of the best hurlers I ever played," he said.

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