Fine Gael leader Simon Harris set to be elected Taoiseach today

Fine Gael leader Simon Harris is set to become the next Taoiseach this afternoon.

The 37-year-old will become the state’s youngest ever Taoiseach following the unexpected resignation of Leo Varadkar three weeks ago.

Mr Harris will be nominated to be the next Taoiseach in The Dáil today, which has just reconvened after its Easter recess.

In the Dáil chamber, speeches will be made by the Coalition parties, as well as opposition parties, who are expected to call for a general election.

Speaking to RTE while arriving at the Dáil this morning, Tánaiste Micheál Martin said: “I think the Government remains and retains its focus on the Programme for Government and I want to wish Simon Harris the very best, and I look forward to working with him in the aftermath of him being elected taoiseach today and we’re very focused on the Programme for Government.”

A protest is due to be held outside Government Buildings from People over Profit who believe a general election should have been called to allow the public have their say, so Gardaí have set up a safety cordon around the area.