Indian-origin doctor Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's first gay prime minister

Enda Kenny Steps Down As Taoiseach

Enda Kenny Steps Down As Taoiseach

Adams said earlier that his party would vote against him noting that "not all young people are progressive" and expressing fears the new taoiseach would "drag this government even further to the right".

Moninne Griffith, Executive Director of BeLonG To Youth Services, said: "It is a historic day for the LGBT+ community, and indeed for all of Ireland as we welcome the country's first openly gay presumptive Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar".

Once nominated, Mr Varadkar will travel to Aras an Uachtarain (President's residence) to meet President Michael D. Higgins who will give him the seal of office.

Opinions are divided on how effective he will be as a leader of Ireland but at this stage only time will tell.

Outgoing Enda Kenny was the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach and the first to serve two terms.

Accepting his elevation to the most powerful office in the country, the 38-year-old said: "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve". To which we add our own Trinity first!

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Following the vote, Varadkar addressed parliament and promised to not let party lines divide the nation or prevent a successful presidency.

It has also been confirmed that Mr Varadkar's Department of Social Protection will be "beefed up" to have increased so-called job activation functions.

He said: "It's not something that defines me. It's just part of who I am, it doesn't define me, it is part of my character I suppose". While Trinity has seen plenty of its graduates enjoy successful political careers, including current Chancellor of the University of Dublin, Mary Robinson, who is a former President of Ireland, it has never had a graduate elected taoiseach before.

"For a gay man, for the son of a migrant, to be elected taoiseach of this country is an important step, " Labour leader Brendan Howlin said, according to the Times.

World leaders have been reacting with congratulations, while the global media is focusing on his sexual orientation.

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