Dublin, June 15: The son of an Indian immigrant has made Irish history by becoming the country’s youngest and first openly gay Prime Minister. Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian-origin doctor, today scripted history by becoming Ireland's youngest and the first openly gay Prime Minister of the Catholic-majority country as he promised to build a republic of opportunity.
Varadkar, the country's first Indian-origin premier, officially took over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin confirmed him as the leader by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.
The former general physician, who is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor from India, won the Fine Gael party leadership earlier this month. He has made his leadership rival Simon Coveney the deputy leader of the party. Addressing the Dail, Irish parliament, after his election, Varadkar said, he has been elected to lead but he promised to serve.
He then travelled to the President's residence, Aras an Uachtarain, where President Michael D Higgins gave him the seals of office to officially confirm his appointment. 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. His partner, Matthew Barrett, is also a doctor.