Leo Varadkar is going to be Ireland's next Taoiseach. The Social Protection Minister has beat Simon Coveney to get the job, and replace Enda Kenny.
Simon Coveney won the vote of ordinary party members in Fine Gael, but Councillor and the Parliamentary Party - whose votes are worth more - voted in favour of Varadkar.
Sources say Leo Varadkar has won the Parliamentary Party vote 51-22, and is Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach elect
The 11th leader of Fine Gael will be officially sworn in after the June Bank Holiday, when he will then become the country's youngest ever Taoiseach.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit said the fact that Leo Varadkar will soon be Taoiseach is “a matter grave concern for anyone who believes in a society based on the principles of equality, social solidarity and fairness.”
Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD commented, “I wish to congratulate Leo Varadkar on his election as Fine Gael Leader. This is a proud moment for him and his family.