Varadkar set to be elected Taoiseach

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar is set to be elected taoiseach later today.

Mr Varadkar will then travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to receive his seal of office before returning to the Dáil to name his Cabinet.

He is on course to get 58 Dáil votes when he is nominated for the State’s most important political office.

Those votes, combined with Fianna Fáil abstaining, will see him elected the 14th head of government and Ireland’s youngest taoiseach.

His first task is to select the ministers he wants to put centre stage in the minority Government.

A new Attorney General will also have to be chosen after Máire Whelan was yesterday nominated by Government for appointment to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Varadkar has warned colleagues many will be disappointed today.

He has already appointed Simon Coveney deputy party leader, suggesting the job of Tanaiste could remain with Frances Fitzgerald.

Others tipped for promotion include Junior Ministers Michael Ring and Eoghan Murphy.

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