Leo Varadkar

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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar October 2019.jpg
Assumed office
14 June 2017
PresidentMichael D. Higgins
Preceded byEnda Kenny
Leader of Fine Gael
Assumed office
2 June 2017
DeputySimon Coveney
Preceded byEnda Kenny
Minister for Social Protection
In office
6 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byJoan Burton
Succeeded byRegina Doherty
Minister for Health
In office
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byJames Reilly
Succeeded bySimon Harris
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
In office
9 March 2011 – 11 July 2014
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byPat Carey (Transport)
Succeeded byPaschal Donohoe
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 2007
ConstituencyDublin West
Personal details
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 41)
Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Domestic partnerMatthew Barrett
  • Ashok Varadkar
  • Miriam Varadkar
EducationThe King's Hospital
Alma materTrinity College
WebsiteOfficial website

Leo Varadkar (Irish pronunciation: [ˈlʲoː ˈvˠaɾˠəd̪ˠkəɾˠ]; born 18 January 1979) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is the Taoiseach and the Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017 replacing Enda Kenny. He has served as Minister for Social Protection since May 2016. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2007 for the Dublin West constituency.

Early career[change | change source]

In 2004 he was co-opted onto Fingal County Council and served as deputy mayor before his election to Dáil Éireann. He was promoted to the Front Bench by Enda Kenny as Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment, remaining in this position until a 2010 reshuffle when he became Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

After the formation of the Coalition Government in March 2011, he was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. A cabinet reshuffle in July 2014 saw Varadkar appointed to the position of Minister for Health. During his tenure he became the first openly gay Irish government minister.

Following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government in May 2016, he was appointed Minister for Social Protection.

Taoiseach[change | change source]

2017 Fine Gael leadership election[change | change source]

After the resignation of Enda Kenny as Leader of Fine Gael in May 2017, Varadkar announced his candidacy for party leader.[1] He faced Minister for Housing Simon Coveney in the Fine Gael leadership election. He won the election on 2 June 2017.

On 14 June, he was nominated as Taoiseach by Dáil Éireann and this nomination was approved by the President of Ireland.[2][3] Varadkar became Ireland's first openly gay Taoiseach, as well as the youngest and the first of half-Indian descent.[4][5]

Personal life[change | change source]

Varadkar is openly gay.[6][7] He is first openly gay cabinet member in Ireland.[8]

His partner is Matthew Barrett.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tánaiste declares for Varadkar in Fine Gael leadership race". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. "More 'disappointments than appointments' over cabinet selection - Varadkar". RTE. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. Mr Varadkar, who is on course to be elected taoiseach in the Dáil next Wednesday, ... He described his meetings with Fianna Fáil and Independents yesterday as "fruitful".
  3. Kelly, Fiach (6 June 2017). "Varadkar may have smaller majority as taoiseach than Kenny". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 June 2017. Mr Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. He is set to meet Independent members of the Government on Tuesday night and Wednesday, and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Wednesday. He will need the backing of the Independents and the abstention of Fianna Fáil to be elected taoiseach.
  4. Healy, Claire (2017). "Leo Varadkar set to become Ireland's youngest ever and first gay Taoiseach - after beating Simon Coveney to be crowned Fine Gael leader". Thesun.ie. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  5. McDonald, Henry (3 June 2017). "Leo Varadkar, gay son of Indian immigrant, to be next Irish PM". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  6. "Leo Varadkar: 'I wanted to be an equal citizen . . . and today I am'". The Irish Times.
  7. Nial O'Connor (23 May 2015). "10 factors behind the 'Yes' side's victory". Independent.ie.
  8. "Irish Cabinet member tells nation he's gay, becomes Ireland's 1st openly gay government minister". Fox News.
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