Varadkar begins discussions with party colleagues

He is also expected to contact Simon Coveney about his role in government

Varadkar begins discussions with party colleagues

Leo Varadkar inside the Mansion House in Dublin| Image: PA images

Leo Varadkar is today beginning discussions with party colleagues, as he prepares to take over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

The new Fine Gael leader is expected to contact Simon Coveney who he beat by a margin of 60-40 in yesterday's count.

They are expected to discuss the future of Fine Gael and the role that Coveney will play in government. 

He's also due to reach out to Fianna Fail to reaffirm the "confidence and supply agreement" which currently underpins the minority government, but he's been adamant that he will not renegotiate it.

Minister Varadkar yesterday pledged to create a "Republic of Opportunity", and said he wants to continue rebuilding the country.

He also said that, if elected Taoiseach, he will "seek to serve this country with integrity, passion & determination, and courage."

Youngest Taoiseach

The new leader weighed in on cabinet positions saying he's likely to keep Independent ministers where they are.

Varadkar is expected to engage with independent ministers in government such as: Denis Naughten and Katherine Zappone about their role in government. 

After recently becoming Fine Gael leader, Varadkar is now expected to become Ireland's youngest Taoiseach.