World Ireland Elects 38-Year Old Gay Man As Prime Minister


The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his new Cabinet are spending their first full day in office after receiving their seals of office last night.

Varadkar, an Irish Fine Gael politician, has now become Ireland's Taoiseach or Prime Minister.

Varadkar is the son of an Indian immigrant, and had previously worked as a doctor before entering Irish politics.

His relatives in Maharashtra, India, where his father was born, plan to celebrate the momentous occasion, according to NDTV. But we have not made any formal celebration plans yet. "Our wishes are with him", Shubhada Varadkar told ANI.

In a press statement today, Prendergast said his election to taoiseach is a "major achievement for him both personally and professionally and we wish him well in the new role".

Varadkar, 38, who was earlier this month elected leader of the ruling Fine Gael party, is a medical doctor and the country's youngest and first gay leader. He is a political conservative, but pledged to avoid partisanship. In his inaugural speech to the Dáil, Varadkar promised that his government would be one of the "new European centre", thus firmly positioning Ireland's future as part of the EU.

He said: "Well, it's a new generation".

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"There are two lives involved in any pregnancy".

Varadkar, the former health, tourism and social protection minister, will, however, face scrutiny of his policies at home with opponents warning that he would nudge the party further to the right.

He has pledged to introduce a less ambitious debt reduction target than the one set by Kenny's government a year ago, and to lobby the European Union for additional leeway to free up more funding for badly needed infrastructure projects.

Mr Varadkar will not only take over the role of taoiseach, but also its main challenges, including Brexit negotiations and restoring collapse of devolved government in Northern Ireland.

"I have given (Mr Coveney) the task of working towards re-establishing devolved government in Northern Ireland, securing the best possible deal for Ireland on Brexit, winning seats for Ireland on the UN Security Council and expanding our diplomatic and trade footprints overseas".

"Every proud parent in Ireland today can dream big dreams for their children", Varadkar added.