In his Wednesday speech, Varadkar acknowledged his predecessor Kenny for helping to rebuild the country and legalize same-sex marriage.
In May, Kenny, aged 66, announced his retirement as Taoiseach and, after 15 years of service, the leader of Fine Gael. Kenny has served the parliamentary as also(TD), a member of the parliament, for since he was elected TD for in 1975, succeeding Kenny’s . On Tuesday, Kenny confirmed his resignation ending his premiership after six years of premiership.
In the election on 2 June, Varadkar wasthe Fine Gael premier candidate by 60% of the votes. His political opponent was voted for the premiership by 40% and lost. Varadkar received the electoral college vote, derived from votes by party members, local representatives and parliamentarians. About 70% of Fine Gael parliamentary members favoured Varadkar: 51 of 73, while 22 of 73 favoured Coveney. However, 65% of overall party members favoured Coveney.
A week later, on 9 June, after Theresa May‘s Conservative Party won this year’s general election in the United Kingdom but lost the majority, Varadkar said the UK election results signified that hard Brexit lacks a “strong mandate”, calling this “an opportunity for Ireland.” He also said he will negotiate with the UK over Northern Ireland.
Yesterday, Varadkar combined 2 departments of Finance and of Public Expenditure into one and appointed new Cabinet ministers, including his rival Coveney as foreign minister.
Leo Eric Varadkar, 38, was born on 18 January 1979 in Dublin, Ireland to his Indian father and Irish mother, a doctor and nurse respectively, who have lived in Ireland since the 1970s, where homosexuality was illegal until the 1990s.
Varadkar, as a 20-year-old medical student, campaigned in the 1999 local election and lost. In 2003, Varadkar became a councilor aged 24 to replace , who had to resign due to a conflicting parliamentary office.
In 2007, Varadkar was elected TD. While Ireland suffered from ongoing, Fine Gael started leading the country in 2011, and Varadkar has since served as minister for social protection; health; and transport, tourism and sport.
In 2015, Varadkar came out as gay in a(RTÉ) interview, months before the country legalised same-sex marriage by referendum under Taoiseach Kenny.
Alecturer Theresa Reidy told Reuters, “When you’re Taoiseach, you can’t speak as open and freely as when you’re a maverick, straight-shooting minister. If he [Varadkar] doesn’t temper his more colorful contributions, that could actually become a liability quite quickly.” Reidy further said he has relatively little experience despite having held three different cabinet posts.
Varadkar’s partner is a doctor in Dublin. Varadkar is about a year younger thanPresident .
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