Leo Varadkar steps down as Tao...


Leo Varadkar steps down as Taoiseach

Kellie Murphy
Kellie Murphy

12:41 20 Mar 2024

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Leo Varadkar has confirmed he's stepping down as Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael.

He's resigning as leader of his party with immediate effect, and will step down as Taoiseach when a successor is appointed.

A new Taoiseach will be elected when the Dáil resumes after the Easter break.

Leo Varadkar says leading the country has been the "most fulfilling time" of his life.

In a speech at Government Buildings, he outlined the moments he's most proud of while in office, as well as the areas where he says the Government has been "less successful."

Leo Varadkar concluded his speech thanking the people of Ireland for giving him the opportunity to serve them.

He promised to "keep working for Ireland" and his community in anyway he can in the future.

The Taoiseach says "one part of leadership is knowing when the time has come to pass on the baton to somebody else, and having the courage to do it, that time is now."

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