Ireland on the verge of electing its first openly gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar | The Independent

Ireland is on the verge of a huge generational change in its political life with the likely election of Leo Varadkar as its next premier ― a move that would give the once-staunchly Catholic country its first openly gay leader and its first of Asian immigrant descent.

Varadkar has built a near insurmountable lead ahead of a contest next week to succeed Enda Kenny as leader of the governing Fine Gael and prime minister. At 38, he would also become the youngest person to hold the office.

Supporters are comparing the trained doctor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new French President Emmanuel Macron, hoping a straight-talker from the generation hit hardest by an economic meltdown a decade ago can transform the political landscape.

Source: Ireland on the verge of electing its first openly gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar | The Independent

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