Leo Varadkar Becomes Ireland's Youngest, 1st Openly Gay PM

20 June, 2017, 11:33 | Author: Valerie Burke

"I hope that in the two governments I have led that we have made a modest contribution towards that ambition", Mr Kenny said.

In a drawn out heave to replace Mr Kenny, Mr Varadkar secured the backing of a majority of the party's elected representatives earlier this month. He will announce his Cabinet later in the evening, Politico reported.

Congratulations to Leo Varadkar on assuming office as Taoiseach of Ireland.

Varadkar came out as a gay man in 2015, when Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through popular vote.

Yesterday was a long one for Varadkar who was elected Ireland's youngest and first openly gay Taoiseach.

38-year old Leo Varadkar was formally elected Taoiseach - Prime Minister of Ireland- at a confirmation ceremony in the Dail in Dublin after he won the Fine Gael party leadership earlier this month.

Varadkar, who graduated from Trinity with a medicine degree in 2003, has often returned to the university where he joined Trinity Young Fine Gael, a society which he chaired during his time as a student, including appearances at Trinity Ball to supporting Med Day.

On Wednesday afternoon, Varadkar will meet President Michael D. Higgins to sign the papers that officially make him Prime Minister.

They also discussed the ongoing political discussions in London and in Belfast, agreeing on the need to have the Northern Ireland Executive up and running as quickly as possible, and they discussed Brexit.

He also said his father, who is an immigrant from India, would be proud that he could "be judged by his actions, not his origins or identity".

Mr Varadkar was seconded by one of the Dail's newest TDs, Josepha Madigan, of Dublin Rathdown, who was elected in February a year ago.

And speaking to the Irish Sun today, Feighan told how Ireland's new leader spoke about what will be the core of his government, albeit in a brief speech.

However one of the biggest question marks surrounding Mr Varadkar's cabinet appointments is that of the retention of Simon Harris as the Minister for Health despite strong calls for the 30 year old to be relieved of his position.

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