PM congratulates Leo Varadkar on assuming office as Taoiseach

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Leo Varadkar on assuming office as Taoiseach for the second time.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;

“Congratulations @LeoVaradkar on assuming office as Taoiseach for the second time. Highly value our historical ties, shared constitutional values & multi-faceted cooperation with Ireland. Look forward to working together to realize the full potential of our vibrant economies.”

About Taoiseach

The Taoiseach is the head of the Irish government. Upon nomination by Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Oireachtas, Ireland’s national legislature), the officeholder is appointed by the president of Ireland and must maintain the support of a majority in the Dáil to remain in office.

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Taoiseach is the Irish word for “chief” or “leader” and was adopted as the title of the “head of government or prime minister” in the 1937 Irish Constitution. In English and Irish, it is the official title of the president but is not used for the prime ministers of other countries, who are referred to by the generic term príomh-aire. The phrase Taoiseach is sometimes used in an otherwise English language context and means the same as “the Taoiseach”.

Who is Leo Varadkar

Varadkar (born 18 January 1979) is an Irish politician who has served as Taoiseach since December 2022. He previously served from 2017 to 2020 as Prime Minister. From 2020 to 2022, he served as Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment. He has served as the leader of Fine Gael since June 2017, and as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency since 2007. He previously held positions under Taoiseach Enda Kenny 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.

Varadkar was born in Dublin and studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He spent several years as a non-consultant hospital doctor, eventually qualifying as a general practitioner in 2010. In 2004, he joined Fine Gael and became a member of the Fingal County Council and later served as Deputy Mayor of Fingal. He was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time in 2007.

During the campaign for the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, Varadkar came out as gay, becoming the first serving Irish minister to do so.

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