Ireland’s Gay PM leaves Office But He’ll Be Back

The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to leave office today ahead of a new Government forming tomorrow.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin will become the new Taoiseach tomorrow after his party, Fine Gael and the Greens all backed the coalition deal.

It means Varadkar’s three-year reign as head of the Government will come to an end.

Varadkar broke new ground. During the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, Varadkar came out as gay, becoming the first Irish minister to do so.He is Ireland’s first, and the world’s fourth, openly gay head of government and the first Taoiseach of Indian heritage.

In a tweet, the Fine Gael leader shared a photo of his office and wrote a simple message saying: “Clearing out the office tonight. This portrait has hung proudly over the fireplace for 9 years. Beidh sé ar ais.”

However, under the programme for government, is has been reported that the Taoiseach role will rotate with Varadkar again potentially becoming leader in December 2022.

Until then, he is expected to serve as Tanaiste (Deputy PM).

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