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Irish prime minister, Leo Varadka, quits office

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‘I have led Ireland from unemployment to full employment, from budget deficit to budget surplus, from austerity to prosperity’

The Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar is set to quit office as taoiseach as well as party leader soon.

 Varadkar  disclosed that he would resign as taoiseach immediately Fine Gael is selected to succeed him.

Varadkar, who announced his resignation on Wednesday, described leading his country as “the most fulfilling time of my life”.

He became Ireland’s youngest PM in 2017 when he became Fine Gael leader, according to BBC.

He currently leads the coalition government in Dublin, along with Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

At the government buildings in Dublin on Wednesday, Varadkar said,”I led Ireland from unemployment to full employment, from budget deficit to budget surplus, from austerity to prosperity”.

He added that we was “proud that we have made the country a more equal and more modern place when it comes to the rights of children, the LGBT community, equality for women and their bodily autonomy”.

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During his time as taoiseach, Varadkar oversaw referendums to change the Irish constitution which legalised same-sex marriage and abortion.

Varadkar also listed among his achievements work to improve the affordability of childcare, and increasing government spending on arts and culture, international development, and public infrastructure.

He also conceded that “there are areas where we have been much less successful”, adding: “I hope you’ll forgive me if I leave it to others to point them out on a day like this.”

He said that his reasons for stepping down “are both personal and political”.

Varadkar said that he felt that the current government “could be re-elected” but he he did not feel he was the “best person for the job anymore”.

In the Irish general election of 2020, Varadkar led his party to a third-place finish in terms of number of seats in Dáil Éireann, the lower house in the country’s parliament.

As part of the coalition deal struck between the parties it was agreed that Varadkar and Micheál Martin would hold the position of taoiseach for two years each.

In 2020 Martin was appointed taoiseach with Varadkar serving as his tánaiste (deputy PM), before the two swapped roles in 2022.

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