Leo Varadkar formally elected as prime minister of Ireland

Phillip Butler
June 15, 2017

Fianna Fáil abstained on the vote on Mr Varadkar, which was in accordance with the party's "confidence and supply" arrangement to support the minority Fine Gael government.

He said Mr Kenny's place in history is assured.

In a brief and modest valedictory speech, he said he accepted he had made mistakes but that he always had people's best interests at heart.

Mr Varadkar secured the backing of a majority of the party's elected representatives earlier this month.

Enda Kenny is set to reisgn as Taoiseach of Ireland later today.

Leo Varadkar has been elected Ireland's youngest Taoiseach ten years to the day after he first entered the Dail as a newly elected TD.

While the UK's Gay Times magazine is also running the story, saying: Ireland now officially has its first ever openly gay prime minister.

Under the heightened security plans both the Gardai and the Defence Forces will see recieve more personnel who will carry out co-op counter terrorism training.

He was confirmed as the new Fine Gael leader in the Mansion House in Dublin on June 2.

In a statement after the party meeting, Mr Varadkar paid tribute to his colleague, Mr Coveney.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Enda Kenny, who resigned as Taoiseach yesterday, praised Varadkar's work in government, praising a "dedication" that began as a student in Young Fine Gael.

Another cousin, Dipti Bhosale, said she was busy contacting all relatives of the joint family in Mumbai to join the festivities at the Borivali home which Varadkar visited in 2011 as an Irish Minister.

Mr Varadkar, who had been the Minister for Social Protection, won the leadership over Mr Coveney with 60% of the electoral college votes. It is understood that he will remain in his post.

"There has to be a minister from the west of Ireland and Michael Ring looks to be in pole position", said a minister.

In the meantime, discussions were to take place on his new, reshuffled cabinet.

"We all have responsibilities", he said.

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