Larry received a reply from his email to the Taoiseach!
Thank you very much for taking the time to write to me. I know it is an extrememly difficult time for everyone and I know that you are missing your friends, school and sports. You are very lucky to have your Mum, Dad and Caoimhe, please say hello to them for me. Also, when you get back to school give my regards to Ms. Collins, she must be a very good teacher and you are obviously a very good student. You’re a credit to your school and your parents.
It is important that we all follow the strict rules that are in place to stop COVID-19. We have to be very thankful to the doctors, nurses and all staff who are keeping our hospitals and nursing homes going. Also, to the food retailers, transport workers and chemists that remain open for our needs.
We will get over this difficult time and things will get back to normal, I can’t say exactly when but we will get there.
I got involved in politics because I wanted to make a difference in life. I started when I was in school. I put my name forward for the school council and got elected to it. You see politics is everywhere and you can start to make a difference in your school, your sports club etc. Your ideas will only make a change when you become part of the decision making process. Even in your familly when you voice your ideas, sometimes your mum and dad agree and sometimes they don’t (if it’s not in your best interest) …this is politics in the family. Of course when I got involved in local politics as a Fingal County Councillor and then in National Politics as a TD, I realised that it was more difficult to make the changes I wanted to but it’s important not to give up. So never give up on your good ideas.
I worked as a doctor for a few years but I knew that politics was my calling. My father was a doctor and my mother was a nurse. They ran the local GP practice but are now retired. Both my sisters are in the medical profession and I suppose that’s why I went into medicine. There are no politicians in my family so I can’t say politics is in my blood but it’s in my heart. I registered again as a doctor duing this pandemic so that I could do some work on the frontline and witness how difficult it is for those who are working so diligently every day to protect all of us. So to answer your question, no I don’t miss being a doctor but it is a very worthwhile and important job.
You are very good to read to Caoimhe, There are lots of thing you could do e.g. jigsaw puzzles are great for passing the time and they’re very enjoyable. Also, if you have a deck of cards you can play lots of games (snap is fun) and make a big house of cards, it takes a very steady hand but great fun. There are lots of things to do… all you need is a good imagination.
By the way I can see that your dad has a great sense of humour.
Thank you again for writing to me and stay safe.
Leo Varadkar TD