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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar taking part in the ice bucket challenge

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar taking part in the ice bucket challenge

Trinity College’s cobblestones were once again given a good soaking after Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, the Head of Trinity’s School of Medicine, Professor Paul Browne, and the Chief Executive of the Health Research Board, Dr Graham Love showed their support for Motor Neurone Disease research by taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

Trinity College’s cobblestones were once again given a good soaking after Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, the Head of Trinity’s School of Medicine, Professor Paul Browne, and the Chief Executive of the Health Research Board, Dr Graham Love showed their support for Motor Neurone Disease research by taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

Minister Leo Varadkar T.D. after finishing the Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge 2014. City Quay, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Minister Leo Varadkar T.D. after finishing the Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge 2014. City Quay, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar taking part in the ice bucket challenge

it's all in a day's work for the new Health Minister. After starting off with an 'ice-bucket' challenge on the cobblestones of Trinity College to raise money for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Leo Varadkar then squeezed in the day job before taking on a night run across the capital.

The minister lined out alongside the head of Trinity's School of Medicine, Professor Paul Browne, and the chief executive of the Health Research Board, Dr Graham Love, for a thorough soaking.

Late yesterday the minister joined about 4,000 others, as he set off on the 5km run from the Custom House on City Quay with members of his staff.

"It's a really well organised race," said Mr Varadkar. "There's been a great response from staff in the Department of Health to this race and we're entering two teams of runners under the Healthy Ireland initiative."

He was joined in the Grant Thornton Corporate 5km Team Challenge by former London Marathon winner Catherina McKiernan.

Irish Independent