Leo Varadkar | Cyril Byrne | 17103
Congratulations to Leo Varadkar who has been elected the new leader of the Republic of Ireland’s Fine Gael party and will consequently become the youngest and first openly gay taoiseach, ten years after entering politics.
In 2015, Mr. Varadkar was widely praised for bravery and honesty when he became the first Irish government minister to come out. His stand is credited with bolstering the successful gay marriage “yes” referendum campaign, making Ireland the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.
Mr. Varadkar was born in Dublin in 1979, and is the son of an Irish Catholic nurse from County Waterford and a Hindu doctor from Mumbai, India. His parents met in England in the 1960s and lived in India for a time before moving to Ireland.