Leo Varadkar, the newly appointed Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, of Ireland, reminds us of another Prime Minster of the Irish Republic, whom also had an Irish mother and a foreign-born father. Born in the United States, this other Prime Minister had to unite a rebellious British territory, that was at war with itself, regardless of who was secular and non-secular, foreign or native, Protestant or Catholic. This man guided a young nation through these tribulations, World War II neutrality, and served his country for over 50 years. Born to a Spanish father and Irish mother, this man was known as Eamon de Valera.
A few days ago, the Irish Dail Eireann (lower house of Parliament) elected a new Prime Minister, who also has an Irish mother and foreign born father. Mr Varadkar inherits new and different trials and tribulations as incoming Prime Minister. His political platform calls for the rejection of nationalistic ideas and a more global free trade with border-less barriers to obtain this free trade. Brexit and keeping his country’s relationship with Northern Ireland, which is still part of the UK, are also high on his agenda. Let us hope that are this new PM can parallel the accomplishments of founding father de Valera