Leo Varadkar formally elected as 1st gay Irish Prime Minister

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Leo Varadkar on becoming Ireland's Prime Minister and said he looked forward to working with him to enhance relations between the two countries.

Varadkar won a Parliamentary vote 57-50, with 45 abstentions, BBC reported, and was formally elected to the post at a confirmation ceremony in Dublin.

"Simon and I will work together to guide the participation by Fine Gael in the Government, and reform and modernise the Fine Gael Party in the years ahead", Mr Varadkar said.

In 2015, Varadkar said his sexuality, like his ethnicity, "is not something that defines me".

Leo Varadkar promised a "republic of opportunity" Wednesday after he became Ireland's youngest prime minister and the first who is openly gay.

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

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

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

His family originates from Varad in Maharashta's Sindhudurg district, and Leo Varadkar kept his Indian connect alive, completing an internship at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. His partner, Matthew Barrett, is a doctor at Dublin's Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Burton said she finds the demotion of just one woman "a rather unusual decision". Someone who is unconditionally on my side, which is always great.

In a brief and modest valedictory speech, he said he accepted he had made mistakes but that he always had people's best interests at heart.

The popular minister has campaigned for same-sex marriage and liberalising abortion laws.

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.

Also, he had earlier held the charge of the ministries of Transport, Tourism and Sport (2011 to 2014), Health (2014 to 2016), and Social Protection (2016-2017).

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