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Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar talks to Vincent Hogan about regrets, World Cup ambitions and why he stands by achievements

Published 19/12/2013 | 02:30

Leo Varadkar,TD,the Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport.
Leo Varadkar,TD,the Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport.

On a table inside the door of Leo Varadkar's office sit three hurleys, one of them tattooed with signatures. The scribbled names belong to those who won the All-Ireland Feile for Castleknock in 2007.

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Varadkar would never pretend to be a devout GAA man, but he is loyal to his constituency and, increasingly, mindful of Gaelic games' capacity to inspire entire communities.

At 34, he is the country's youngest ever Minister for Sport and, having competed in three triathlons during the past year, most probably the fittest.

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