Leo Eric Varadkar (Template:IPAc-en; born 18 January 1979) is an Irish politician who has served as Taoiseach, Minister for Defence and Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency since 2007. He previously served as Minister for Social Protection from 2016 to 2017, Minister for Health from 2014 to 2016 and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport from 2011 to 2014.[1]

He was 38 years old on his election as Taoiseach, becoming the youngest person to hold the office.[2] During the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, he became the first openly gay Irish government minister.[3] He is Ireland's first and the world's fourth openly gay head of government in modern times (following Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Elio Di Rupo, and Xavier Bettel).[4]

Varadkar was born in Dublin and studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He spent several years as a non-consultant hospital doctor before qualifying as a general practitioner in 2010. In 2004, he was co-opted onto Fingal County Council and served as deputy mayor, before his election to Dáil Éireann in 2007.

  1. "More 'disappointments than appointments' over cabinet selection – Varadkar", RTE, 8 June 2017. Retrieved on 10 June 2017. "Mr Varadkar, who is on course to be elected taoiseach in the Dáil next Wednesday, ... He described his meetings with Fianna Fáil and Independents yesterday as "fruitful"." 
  2. "Leo Varadkar: Born to an Indian father, a historic gay PM for Ireland", Hindustan Times, 3 June 2017. Template:Languageicon 
  3. Armstrong, Kelly. "Significant step for equality", Irish Independent, 2 June 2017. 
  4. "Ireland appears set to elect first openly gay prime minister", NBC News. Template:Languageicon