Leo Varadkar poised to become Ireland's first gay premier

Dianna Christensen
June 4, 2017

The son of an Indian immigrant, Leo Varadkar, will become Ireland's new prime minister after being elected Fine Gael's new leader on Friday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Varadkar was born in Dublin in 1979, the son of an Irish Catholic nurse from County Waterford and a Hindu doctor from Mumbai, India.

He made headlines when he came out publicly on RTÉ as Ireland prepared to vote on marriage equality in a referendum in 2015.

In his acceptance speech Varadkar said he was honoured to be elected as leader of Fine Gael and he was "ready for the challenges ahead".

Mr Kenny, who has led Fine Gael for 15 years, announced last month he was stepping down.

The octogenarian can not contain his excitement as his nephew, Leo Varakdar, a politician from the Fine Gael party and doctor by profession, is all set to be Ireland's new Prime Minister. Prior to becoming a politician, Varadkar was a doctor; his partner, Matthew Barrett, is also a doctor.

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Varadkar has been criticized, however, for not moving quickly enough to repeal Ireland's ban on abortion, which was reinforced in 1983, when 67 percent of the country voted to amend Ireland's constitution, giving a fetus the same right to life as its mother. At 38, Varadkar is also the youngest leader to hold prime ministerial office.

"It is a sign of how much Ireland has changed and moved on that no one really cares if he is gay here". When my father traveled 5,000 miles to build a new home in Ireland, I doubt he ever dreamed his son would grow up to be its leader.

Irish Times points out that Varadkar, who is in a two-year relationship, will only be the fourth openly gay head of government in modern European history, following Iceland's Jóhanna Sigurdardottir, Belgium's Elio Di Rupo, and Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel.

Leo is set to become Ireland's new Prime Minister on 13 June. Kenny has been prime minister since 2011 and oversaw the country's 2015 vote legalizing gay marriage. "It's not something that defines me", he said.

"It is not something that defines me".

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