Leo Varadkar, the to be Prime Minister of Ireland is the son of an Indian immigrant, who had come out of the closet in 2015, after being voted as the leader of the country’s governing party. Leo was declared the victor of the Fine Gael leadership contest on Friday following the resignation of outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny last month. This will take Ireland significantly forward in matters of equality in the country, after the 2015 gay marriage referendum. Leo Vradkar, at 38, will also be becoming the youngest Prime Minister of the country, and the first from a minority background. The Irish Parliament will confirm his position after it resumes later this month. Here’s all you need to know about him:
1. According to the Belfast Live, Varadkar has never been shy about his ambitions. At the age of 7, he had declared his ambition to become a minister some day.
2. Although it did sound like a mountain back then, Varadkar climbed it at the age of 35 and his victory as the Fine Gael leadership contest will only consolidate his position as an absolute favourite to succeed Enda Kenny.
3. Varadkar jumped into student politics as a young medic at the Trinity College, Dublin. Although there have been comparisons made between Varadkar and the likes of liberal young leaders such as Emmanuel Macron (France) and Justin Trudeau (Canada), it must be noted that there hardly any similarities when it comes to political ideologies.
4. Varadkar has often been criticised for being a ‘Thatcherite’ by his political opponents and critiques. According to the New Statesman, Varadkar has often denied bestowing the term upon him but has taken a stand to the right of the political centre to get the attention of a demography, he has often defined as Ireland’s “strivers”.
5. The young leader is also known for his no-nonsense attitude. In 2007, just after he had won in National politics for the first time, Varadkar had lashed out at the beleaguered Taoiseach Bertie Ahren, who had been involved in a controversy over his financial matters and had said that the gutter was his natural habitat.