Irish Cabinet member tells nation he's gay, becomes Ireland's 1st openly gay government member

January 18, 2015 2:00 PM

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Irish Cabinet member tells nation he's gay, becomes Ireland's 1st openly gay government member

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2013 file photo, shows health minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland. Senior Cabinet minister in Ireland, Leo Varadkar, has announced he is homosexual, becoming the first openly gay government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. The announcement on Sunday Jan. 18, 2015, on state radio received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. (AP Photo/PA, Brian Lawless, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (The Associated Press)

DUBLIN – A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland has announced he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

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