Modi congratulates Irish PM Leo Varadkar on his victory

18 December, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

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"Congratulations @LeoVaradkar on assuming office as Taoiseach for the second time. Highly value our historical ties, shared constitutional values & multi-faceted cooperation with Ireland. Look forw...

Varadkar was born in Dublin, Ireland, to an Irish mother who was a nurse and an Indian immigrant father who was a doctor. He went into general practise after graduating from Trinity College Dublin, but remained active in politics, winning election for Fine Gael in Dublin West in 2007.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian-origin Leo Varadkar on his re-election as Ireland’s Prime Minister for a second term on Saturday. Prime Minister Modi stated in a tweet that he valued India and Ireland’s historical connections, shared constitutional ideals, and multifaceted collaboration.

The following are five facts about Ireland’s Prime Minister:

1) Varadkar was appointed Prime Minister of Ireland for the second time as part of a job-sharing agreement reached by the country’s centrist coalition government. He succeeded Micheál Martin as Taoiseach, or leader of Ireland, when parliamentarians approved his candidacy during a special session of the Dail, Ireland’s lower house of Parliament.

2) In his victory speech, Varadkar pledged to address the housing and cost-of-living challenges for the duration of his administration, “providing hope and housing, economic possibilities, and a fair start for all.”

3) Varadkar, 43, was Prime Minister from 2017 until 2020. He is the country’s youngest Prime Minister and the country’s first out homosexual Prime Minister. At the age of 38, he became Ireland’s youngest Taoiseach, becoming the country’s first multiracial leader and the first of Indian descent.

4) Varadkar was born in Dublin to an Irish nursing mother and an Indian immigrant father who was a skilled doctor. He went into general practise after graduating from Trinity College Dublin, but remained active in politics, winning election for Fine Gael in Dublin West in 2007.

5) Varadkar came out publicly as homosexual in 2015, just before Ireland’s vote legalising same-sex marriage. Brexit and the epidemic overshadowed his stint as Taoiseach, during which he re-registered as a doctor and went to work once a week while still leading the country.