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Leo Varadkar elected Irish prime minister

Leo Varadkar elected Irish prime minister

Leo Varadkar is set to officially become the Republic of Ireland's Taoiseach (prime minister) on Wednesday.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was sworn into office on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay person to lead the largely Catholic country, as well as the youngest and the first of Indian descent.

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

He said also that later this week he would meet Northern Ireland's political parties and repeated that the Irish government has an important role as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.

"It is striking that the strong support which this record won him in his parliamentary party was not reflected in the much broader membership of Fine Gael."

Speaking in parliament, Varadkar said: "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve". "I look forward to working with Taoiseach Varadkar to further strengthen India-Ireland relations", the Prime Minister said.

Among the milestones he represents for his country: he is the first out gay premier, the first of both Irish and Indian heritage and the youngest prime minister ever to hold the office. "The government I lead will be one of the new European centers as we seek to build a republic of opportunity".




But rather surprisingly Varadkar's former rival Simon Coveney, will be the new Minister for Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for Brexit, despite his wish to remain on as housing minister.

In a press statement, the Head of the School of Medicine, Prof Paul Browne, said: "We are proud of Leo Varadkar and his achievements".

Shortly before the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland he came out as gay during an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE.

In a coming-out speech he gave in a radio interview, he had said, "It's not something that defines me".

Today will see the announcement of a cabinet reshuffle and, while there isn't expected to be significant change, those in the higher education sector will be focused on whether current Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, remains in the portfolio.

Most recently, he oversaw Ireland's welfare system.


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