Varadkar refuses to be drawn on Kenny Brexit role

He said he wouldn't be so "arrogant" to offer anyone a job in the future

Varadkar refuses to be drawn on Kenny Brexit role

Leo Varadkar talking to press in Royal Irish Academy Dublin | Image:

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has refused to be drawn on whether Enda Kenny will be offered an advisory role on Brexit when he stands down as Taoiseach.

Speculation is growing that Enda Kenny will announce his retirement within the next two weeks.

Mr Varadkar said on Sunday that he would not be so "presumptuous or arrogant" to offer anybody a job in the future, let alone the current Taoiseach.

Varadkar said Mr Kenny was Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader and would remain in that role until he decided otherwise.

No vacancy 

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week In Politics he said that the timeline for the Taoiseach to stand down was entirely a matter for him and only him. 

Varadkar said "Whenever he will make the decision, he will make it, and that is up to him." He also said there was no vacancy at the moment.

The Social Protection Minister said he could not see how a change of Taoiseach would make a fundamental difference to the running of the minority Government.

Varadkar concluded by saying "We have a confidence-and-supply agreement that was negotiated between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael," before adding that there was also an agreement with a number of Independents.