Monday 24 July 2017

Varadkar win draws reaction from around globe

The ‘New York Times’ headline read: “Gay lawmaker, Leo Varadkar, is in line to be Ireland’s Prime Minister.” Picture: PA
The ‘New York Times’ headline read: “Gay lawmaker, Leo Varadkar, is in line to be Ireland’s Prime Minister.” Picture: PA

Rory Tevlin

Leo Varadkar's election as Fine Gael leader drew international reaction and garnered headlines around the world.

As the result was confirmed in Dublin's Mansion House, media outlets in the UK and the US ran stories on the man who will be Ireland's next Taoiseach.

The 'New York Times' headline read: "Gay lawmaker, Leo Varadkar, is in line to be Ireland's Prime Minister."

The story continued: "Mr Varadkar's rapid rise to the country's highest political office, only 10 years after he entered parliament, owes much to a willingness to speak his mind, a novelty in the normally cautious world of Irish politics."

Meanwhile, a number of outlets in Britain ran profiles of Mr Varadkar, including the BBC, the 'Guardian', the 'Financial Times' and the 'Telegraph'.

A profile piece on the BBC's website read: "Mr Varadkar has come to embody the liberalisation of a country which was once regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Europe."

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The headline on the 'Guardian' website read: "Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's prime minister-elect." The story continued: "Son of Indian immigrant will replace outgoing PM Enda Kenny after winning Fine Gael leadership contest."

The Fine Gael leadership contest also made headlines further afield as the India-based 'Hindustan Times' ran a story on Mr Varadkar's bid. The headline on the paper's website read: "Indian-origin gay minister Leo Varadkar set to become Ireland PM."

Irish Independent

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