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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he did not take any other illegal drugs than those he acknowledged in a past interview.

In an interview with Hot Press in 2010, Mr Varadkar was asked if he had ever smoked cannabis, to which he replied: “ I did a bit in my college years, yeah. But I wouldn’t be advocating that anybody else do the same – particularly being more aware now of the evidence linking cannabis smoking to schizophrenia”. 

When asked in the Hot Press interview if he had ever experimented with ecstasy or other illegal drugs as a teen, he said: “Not since I’ve held elected office, anyway. I’ve been extremely law-abiding since I’ve been elected to politics.”

Speaking at a campaign event in Castleknock Community College in his Dublin West constituency on Thursday, the Fine Gael leader said he had “answered that question in the past, I answered it truthfully”.

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