Dublin: In a historic verdict on Friday, Leo Varadkar, son of an Indian immigrant, was elected the new leader of Ireland’s ruling Fine Gael party and he is all set to become the Irish Republic’s first openly gay Prime Minister.
Varadkar, 38, will be youngest leader in Ireland’s history to rise to that level. After results came in Varadkar said at Mansion House here “If my election today shows anything, it is that prejudice has no hold in this Republic.”
Responding to the overwhelming acceptance – 60% of the vote in the Fine Gael party’s leadership contest, Varadkar went on to observe: “Around the world people look to Ireland as a country where it doesn’t matter where you come from, only where you want to go.”
Local Minister Heather Humphreys had declared her support for the Minister for Social Protection in the race to become the next leader of Fine Gael by describing him as a “Taoiseach (the head of government or prime minister of Ireland) for the next generation”
The election to elect the leader of the ruling party was held following the resignation by Prime Minister Enda Kenny last month. Varadkar defeated Simon Coveney with a huge margin. Coveney got 40% votes. Kenny resigned after a 15 year rule as he was under pressure for not securing a clear majority for the centre-right party in 2016 general election a political scandal linked with the allegation of Police corruption.