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Leo Varadkar spoke openly about his sexuality on Miriam O'Callaghan's radio show last weekend.

Leo Varadkar spoke openly about his sexuality on Miriam O'Callaghan's radio show last weekend.

Leo Varadkar spoke openly about his sexuality on Miriam O'Callaghan's radio show last weekend.

The country’s first gay rugby team and the first gay soccer team have both invited Leo Varadkar to join their squads, after he spoke openly about his sexuality on RTE Radio One last weekend.

Dublin based club Emerald Warriors tweeted a message of support for the Health Minister earlier this week and asked him if he would be interested in training with the team.

In response, Varadkar wrote: “Haven't played in two years and not as fit as I used to be. Where do you train?”

The Sutton based rugby club was set up in 2003 and competes in the Bingham Cup, the world trophy for gay rugby.

Minister Varadkar is no stranger to rugby and previously played for the Oireachtas rugby team.

Emerald Warriors reassured the minister that they “could get him fit in no time” should he decide to train with the club.

Ireland’s first gay soccer team Dublin Devils spotted the exchange and quickly invited Varadkar to join their Wednesday sessions on Pearse Street.

This sparked a tongue-in-cheek tweet from the Emerald warriors warning the Dublin Devils to keep their “hands off.”

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Setting a good example: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his Healthy Ireland Team Mates

Setting a good example: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his Healthy Ireland Team Mates

 Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

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Setting a good example: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his Healthy Ireland Team Mates

Meanwhile, Minister Varadkar said he would like to take part in a gay-friendly "inclusive" St Patrick's parade in March.

After his announcement, Mr Varadkar was invited by the New York-based Lavender and Green Alliance to join its St Patrick's Day parade featuring people from all nationalities and sexual orientations.

Mr Varadkar said he would like to accept the invitation, but added he would not likely be able to attend due to work commitments.

He told the Sunday Independent: "I received the invitation and I'm very grateful for it. I have a very busy day of meetings planned already on the Monday, so it'd probably be very difficult to attend."

The Minister has received thousands of messages of support since he openly spoke about his sexuality with Miriam O’Callaghan last Sunday.

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The Emerald Warriors

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