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Varadkar had a good story to tell – but no one was listening

Philip Ryan


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Outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"I have grown, evolved and changed in that time as well, but I am still motivated by the same ideals which drove me to enter politics in the first instance." Leo Varadkar, June 14, 2017, his maiden Dáil speech as Taoiseach.

The question is: what are the ideals that have motivated Leo Varadkar during his more than 20 years in politics?

As he prepares to leave the Taoiseach's Office, Varadkar is a very different politician to the one who entered Leinster House in 2007.