Varadkar preparing for role as Taoiseach

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.

He’s also due to reach out to Fianna Fail to reaffirm the “confidence and supply agreement” that underpins the minority government.

Minister Varadkar has pledged to create a “Republic of Opportunity”, and said he wants to continue rebuilding the country.

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