An Indian becomes PM of Ireland?


#1

@eoinfinnegan is that true? :grin:


#2

Firstly, we don’t have a PM, we have a Taoiseach which means “Chieftain” or “Leader”.
Secondly, he is not yet Taoiseach but he is expected to be, pending a vote in the Dáil for which he needs the support of independent TDs(MPs).
The person you are referring to is an Irish citizen, born in Dublin to an Indian father and an Irish mother.
I liked his stance when asked about his lineage and sexuality (he will be the first openly gay Taoiseach):
From Wikipedia:

During an interview on RTÉ Radio on 18 January 2015 (his 36th birthday), Varadkar spoke publicly for the first time about being gay: “it’s not something that defines me. I’m not a half-Indian politician, or a doctor politician or a gay politician for that matter. It’s just part of who I am, it doesn’t define me, it is part of my character I suppose”. This made him the first openly gay cabinet member in Ireland. Varadkar was a prominent advocate of the same-sex marriage referendum.

Edit: He will also be the youngest ever Taoiseach at 38 years old, previous record was 45 but it is rare for them to be under 50.


#3

Really crazy, people from my age group are becoming heads of state, CEOs etc. [I’m getting old…not much to show for it…except my tax certificate…]