Ireland’s first gay prime minister enters office

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

The Dublin-born politician’s Indian immigrant father and Irish mother were in parliament to watch as the 38-year-old was formally confirmed as taoiseach.

Varadkar, who won the leadership of the ruling centre-right Fine Gael party earlier this month, was confirmed by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.

In his acceptance speech, Varadkar emphasised youthful energy, arguing that the politics of the past were no longer fit for purpose. YAHOO

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