Ireland’s next taoiseach: Leo Varadkar’s life will change for ever when he accepts the seal of office on Wednesday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty

The transition happens in an instant. If all goes according to the plans being carefully refined this weekend, Leo Eric Varadkar will sit down with Pr(...)

Fine Gael TD for Dublin West Leo Varadkar’s meteoric rise is partly the result of avoiding contentious decisions in favour of popular rhetoric. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin West 10 years ago, Leo Varadkar, then trying to win a seat in a tightly fought constituency, distributed hundreds of Lion bars, emblazoned w(...)