Vastavam web: The 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant the once-staunchly Catholic country’s first gay premier and the youngest person Leo Varadkar elected as Irish Prime Minister. Varadkar succeeded Enda Kenny earlier this month as leader of the governing Fine Gael party, with colleagues pinning their hopes of an unprecedented third term on the straight talking Varadkar, who they believe can widen their appeal in elections that may be triggered as soon as next year.”The government I lead will not be one of left or right. The government I lead will be one of the new European centre as we seek to build a Republic of opportunity, that is a Republic in which every citizen gets a fair go and in which every part of the country stands to share in our prosperity.”
Varadkar’s elevation marks another chapter in the social change that has swept through the country of 4.6 million people that only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993 and legalized divorce two years later.However it is his policies that will attract more scrutiny at home with opponents warning that the former health, tourism and social protection minister, who first joined the center-right party aged 17, would nudge it further to the right.He has pledged to introduce a less ambitious debt reduction target than the one set by Kenny’s government last year and lobby the European Union for additional leeway to free up more funding for badly needed infrastructure projects. Varadkar, who took his seat in parliament 10 years ago to the day on Wednesday, is expected to promote Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe later on Wednesday to finance minister, replacing the retiring Michael Noonan.