Yes, there are reasons to celebrate Leo Varadkar becoming leader of Fine Gael. But he is an austerity-championing neoliberal who is against reproductive rights

Leo Varadkar, who is gay and half-Indian, has won the leadership contest of Ireland’s Fine Gael party, and, aged just 38, is set to become the republic’s youngest taoiseach. Around the world this has been lauded as a sign of Ireland’s progression to cosmopolitan modernity. Reuters hails Varadkar’s leadership as a “huge generational shift”.

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