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Leo Varadkar officially takes charge as Ireland's prime minister

Leo Varadkar officially takes charge as Ireland's prime minister

His colleagues in the Fine Gael party, however, is pinning hopes on the straight talking Varadkar, who they believe can widen their appeal in elections that may be triggered as soon as next year. He added, "The government that I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions don't comprehend the political challenges of today".

Following on, Leo Varadkar made a visit to the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at his residence, Aras an Uachtarain.

"As our youngest taoiseach, he represents a modern, diverse and inclusive Ireland and speaks for them like no other", Kenny said.

"Both leaders agreed on the importance of continued cooperation between the two countries and the Prime Minister said she was personally committed to a close and special partnership with Ireland as the United Kingdom embarks on leaving the European Union".

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The Guardian goes with the headline "Ireland's first gay prime minister Leo Varadkar formally elected". He studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and was a member of Young Fine Gael on campus and was elected as a councillor with 5,000 first preference votes a year after he entered politics.

"It's not something that defines me".

"Irish politicians were among the last sectors of our society to come out of the closet but now at least we've got one gay man and a lesbian, Catherine Zappone, both in the cabinet".

His family originates from Varad in Maharashta's Sindhudurg district, and Leo Varadkar kept his Indian connect alive, completing an internship at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. "Matt is just a very special person".

David Davis heads for Brexit talks in Spain after Brussels setback
And just over a month ago, Mr Davis said dealing with the issue of how the talks would unfold would be the " row of the summer". Those were, he said, the rights of expatriate citizens and problems of a new EU-U.K. border, notably cutting across Ireland .

He worked as a general practitioner (GP) before winning a seat in Parliament and has rapidly risen through the party ranks, holding several ministerial portfolios including minister for social protection and minister for transport, tourism and sports.

In a press release, the European People's Party (EPP) - the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right - quoted Joseph Daul, the group's president, as saying: "With Brexit looming, it is of the utmost importance that the EPP have a reliable and strong partner in Ireland, a country on the frontline with regard to the consequences of the UK's departure from the EU".

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