Following the late night celebration in Mumbai last night after Leo Varadkar won the leadership race for the ruling party to become the youngest Irish Prime Minister in history, his cousin Shirish Varadkar told ANI that India was a big market for foreign countries and the to be PM would be helping to tie up the relationship between both countries. Leo’s uncle also spoke to reporters and said that the PM-elect had made them proud. He informed that Leo had been interested in politics since a very young age and has been sports and health Minister before. Earlier PTI had reported that thousands of miles away from Ireland in Borivali, Mumbai, Leo’s family had celebrated as the Indian-origin doctor and Ireland’s first openly homosexual minister won the race to become the youngest PM the country has ever had.
Another one of Leo’s cousins had told PTI, “We are extremely happy to hear the news. We were closely watching his campaign as well as today’s counting. As the news broke, we cut the cake and celebrated his success…I have not yet decided about my Ireland visit but I would love to meet him as soon as possible”. The 38-year-old leader will be taking over as the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), later this month when the new session of the parliament begins.
Born in Dublin, Leo is the son of Ashok Varadkar and Irish mother Miriam, and has served as the welfare minister of Ireland and was the most popular choice after Enda Kenny had stepped down from his post of the Prime Minister, earlier this year. Reuters had quoted Varadkar yesterday when he had spoken at the Dublin Mansion House after his victory. In the speech, he says, “If my election today shows anything, it is that prejudice has no hold in this Republic…I know when my father travelled 5,000 miles to build a new home in Ireland, I doubt that he ever dreamed that one day his son would grow up to be its leader and despite his differences, his son would be judged by his actions, not his identity”.