Varadkar: Not in Ireland’s interests to rely on ‘undemocratic parts of the world’ for energy supply

Tánaiste to draw up new white paper on enterprise policy and says country can become a net exporter of energy due to ‘incredible opportunities’ to generate electricity from offshore wind

Leo Varadkar said that it was odd that enterprise or industrial policy is rarely debated in the Dáil. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has pledged to overhaul Ireland’s industrial policy to cope with the “new cold war started by Russia”.

He has got government approval to draw up a new white paper on enterprise policy with the aim of adapting the state’s current strategy.

Varadkar said that the state had “made the right calls” in the past few decades by focusing on the pharmaceutical sector, medical devices, food production, digital and financial services.

Yet he ...