Leo Varadkar takes over as taoiseach

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

The Cork South Central TD, who unsuccessfully challenged Leo Varadkar for the Fine Gael leadership, had reportedly been keen to take over the key post in Mr Varadkar's new government.

Mr Varadkar confirmed the appointment of Simon Coveney as the Deputy Leader of Fine Gael.

"Irish politicians were among the last sectors of our society to come out of the closet but now at least we've got one gay man and a lesbian, Catherine Zappone, both in the cabinet".

Congratulations to Leo Varadkar on assuming office as Taoiseach of Ireland.

"We face enormous challenges in foreign policy as relationships on this island and between these islands and across Europe change", said Mr Varadkar.

The 38-year-old becomes Ireland's youngest leader.

According to CNN, former party leader Enda Kenny stepped down after being Taoiseach since 2002.

Ireland's first openly gay prime minister has entered office.

It was almost 11pm last night, when the Dáil voted to pass the nomination of the reshuffled ministerial line up.

The Irish Times reported Varadkar then traveled to President Michael Higgins' residence to sign the warrant of office and complete the election process.

And speaking to the Irish Sun today, Feighan told how Ireland's new leader spoke about what will be the core of his government, albeit in a brief speech.

Varadkar told parliament on Wednesday that Ireland would hold a referendum next year on liberalising Ireland's abortion laws, now among the most restrictive in Europe. Now colleagues are pinning their hopes of an unprecedented third term on the straight talking Varadkar, who they believe can widen their appeal in elections that may be triggered as soon as next year.

Varadkar isn't new to Ireland's political scene, despite now being the youngest prime minister. "I think that is too restrictive", he said. I am glad that we can count on Leo Varadkar to ensure the stability of the island and avoid any disruption to the lives of Irish citizens.

The administration is propped up by Fine Gael's ancient rivals Fianna Fail as part of a supply and confidence arrangement after an unprecedented schism in the electorate.

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