Leo, at 20, got into pol­i­tics to ‘change things’

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Craig Hughes

RTÉ footage from 1999 emerged this week show­ing Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar – as a med­i­cal stu­dent – telling the broad­caster he be­lieved he could help more pa­tients as health min­is­ter than as a doc­tor.

The footage shows a 20-year-old Leo, then a mem­ber of Young Fine Gael, lop­ing into Trin­ity be­fore telling re­porter An­nette O’Don­nell why he wanted to get into pol­i­tics.

He said: ‘I don’t come from a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily but we al­ways felt that if you wanted to change things, pol­i­tics was the best way to do that... I want to be a doc­tor, but doc­tors can only help a cer­tain num­ber of pa­tients. The min­is­ter of health can re­ally change things… If I was ready in 10 years’ time, I’d like to be in Le­in­ster House.’

Mr Varad­kar did even bet­ter than that, win­ning a Dáil seat eight years later in 2007. He served as health min­is­ter be­tween 2014 and 2016.

Hopes: Footage of Leo emerged this week

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