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Leo Varadkar: Indian-origin openly gay doctor is Ireland's new Prime Minister
Leo Varadkar, 38, an Indian-origin openly gay doctor, took over as the new Prime Minister or Taoiseach of Ireland on June 14 after a parliamentary vote confirmation followed by Presidential appointment.

Now, Ireland has its first youngest and openly gay prime minister. It may be noted that Ireland is a Catholic-majority country.

Varadkar, a former general physician, born to an Irish nurse and a doctor from India, was elected the leader of the Fine Gael party earlier this month after the general elections. He had then said, "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve." His vision is to transform Ireland into a 'republic of opportunity'.

Varadkar, an Irish Fine Gael politician, has now become Ireland's Taoiseach or Prime Minister. He has been a Teachta Dala (TD) or MP for the Dublin West constituency since 2007.

It was during the 2015 Same-Sex Marriage referendum, with declaration of his sexual orientation that he became the first openly gay Irish government minister.

Varadkar was born in Dublin on January 18, 1979. He studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and served as a junior doctor before qualifying as a general practitioner in 2010.

In 2004 he was co-opted onto Fingal County Council and served as its Deputy Mayor before his election to Dail Eireann.

Later, he was promoted to the Front Bench by Enda Kenny as Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment till 2010. Then on, with a reshuffle, he became Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Also, he had earlier held the charge of the ministries of Transport, Tourism and Sport (2011 to 2014), Health (2014 to 2016), and Social Protection (2016-2017).

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