Wicklow journalist launches new biography: “Leo : A very modern Taoiseach

There was a great turnout last night for the launch of the new biography: “Leo : A very modern Taoiseach.”
Written by Wicklow town man Niall O’Connor and political journalist Philip Ryan, the book is the first to chart the career of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Over 150 people turned out for the event, which was held in KWETB in the Marine House, the Murrough, Wicklow town.
The book was launched by RTE newsreader Eileen Whelan.
Among those in attendance were Health Minister Simon Harris and Fianna Fáil deputy Pat Casey.
Niall worked for seven years as a political journalist for the Herald, Irish Independent and East Coast FM.
He recently took up a new job as special adviser to the Minister for Defence.
The book is dedicated to Niall’s late father Brendan, who died last year.
In his speech , Niall said Brendan ‘is proof that all things are possible as long as you believe.’
“That saying is also on a plaque outside on the front of the Marine House – and what it represents is the tremendous impact Brendan has had on so many lives ,” Niall said.
“Especially the lives of the young people of the Educate Together school, who he cherished dearly before he died.”
Niall thanked the community of Wicklow for their support, saying the event showed how proud he is of the town he grew up in.

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