Independents back Varadkar in vote for Taoiseach

Varadkar called this morning's talks "open and positive"

Independents back Varadkar in vote for Taoiseach

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The Independent Alliance has confirmed that they will back Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar in the vote for Taoiseach next week.

In a statement, the Independent Alliance said that a number of issues were discussed today with the Fine Gael leader "including the need for government stability, Brexit and rural affairs".

They said they agreed with Mr Varadkar that the commitments contained in the Programme for a Partnership Government will be honoured.

Renewed enthusiasm 

In a statement Minister Varadkar said: "I very much welcome the statement of support from the Independent Alliance.

"I am committed to working with the Independent Alliance and other independent representatives to provide effective leadership and strong government.

"This morning's talks were open and positive and focused on how we can implement the Programme for Government more effectively."

He also said that there will be a review of legislation to see which issues need to be prioritised. 

He finished by saying "There is a renewed enthusiasm across Government for implementing the Programme for Government.

"Although Ireland faces many challenges, the most significant of these being Brexit, it's great to see such positivity and potential for progress."