Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ireland elects openly gay prime minister


Former Fine Gael deputy leader Nora Owen, told Reuters: "I honestly don't think in 1981 when I first got elected that I could foresee a time when an openly gay man might become Taoiseach".

Ireland is making LGBT history this month electing its youngest and first openly gay Prime Minister.

He will also be a year younger than France's Emmanuel Macron when he attends his first European Union leaders summit later this month. Conservative politician Leo Varadkar has been elected as the head of the Fine Gael party and will assume control of the country's coalition government. He overcame "a stiffer-than-expected challenge" for the party leadership from Simon Coveney, the nation's housing minister, according to The Guardian.

Varadkar, who now serves as minister for social protection, will officially be confirmed as prime minister when the Irish parliament reconvenes on June 13, according to CNN.

U.S. hiring pullback suggests firms are straining to fill jobs
Manufacturing employment fell by 1,000 jobs last month as payrolls in the automobile sector dropped 1,500 amid declining sales. Despite the weaker than expected job growth, the unemployment rate edged down to 4.3 percent in May from 4.4 percent in April.

Mr Kenny said he would provide a "brief but appropriate period" for Mr Varadkar to engage with other parties and groupings about leading the country. Varadkar is expected to take over the position in the next few weeks. Several thousand rank-and-file members of the party have 25% and 235 local representatives 10%.

Votes were tallied and the result announced in the Round Room of Dublin's Mansion House. He came out during the 2015 referendum for marriage equality. I'm not a half-Indian politician or a doctor politician or a gay politician, for that matter. Economically, Fine Gael argues for a neoliberal approach, calling for less government regulation of businesses - but not a full laissez-faire removal of all regulation.

The 38-year-old earlier said that people around the world look to Ireland and are reminded that this isn't a country where it matters where you come from, "but rather where you want to go". They've also fought for a health care system in Ireland that's more like Canada's. During his campaign, he received significant support from numerous members of Trinity Young Fine Gael, who campaigned for him during the leadership election.

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