Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach on 14 June 2017. Born in 1979, the son of an Indian father and Irish mother, he was educated at King’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, where he studied to be a medical doctor. He has worked as a junior doctor and qualified as a general practitioner.
He first ran for Dublin Corporation in 1999, but lost. He ran again in 2004 and topped the poll. Elected to the Dáil on his first attempt in 2007, he took his seat on 14 June. Following the 2011 General Election he was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. In the summer of 2014 he was appointed Minister for Health.
Following the 2016 General Election, he was appointed Minister for Social Protection. He was elected leader of Fine Gael on 2 June 2017.