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Simon Harris Set to Become Ireland's New Prime Minister

  • Simon Harris (L) in London, UK., 2024.

    Simon Harris (L) in London, UK., 2024. | Photo: X/ @karinsmyth

Published 25 March 2024

He will become Ireland's youngest prime minister in April when the Parliament resumes after its Easter break.

Simon Harris is set to become Ireland's new prime minister, or Taoiseach, after he was confirmed on Sunday as the new leader of the governing Fine Gael party.


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He is to replace Leo Varadkar, who unexpectedly announced his resignation Wednesday as party leader and Taoiseach, citing "both personal and political" reasons.

"It's the absolute honor of my life... to accept the leadership of this great party," Harris said in his first speech as the party leader.

Harris, who has been the minister for further and higher education, was the only candidate to seek the party leadership after other potential competitors ruled themselves out.

Harris thanked those who elected him, saying that he will "repay that trust in hard work. With blood, sweat and tears -- day in and day out -- with responsibility, with humility and with civility."

"Challenges never go away -- they just change. But they can always be met if we cleave to those fundamental values which have served this nation well -- hope, enterprise, equality of opportunity, integrity, security," he siad, urging the party to "fight against populism and deliberate polarization."

"We must and we will do this with civility, with honesty, with a determination to debate without rancour and personal demonisation," he said.

Harris, 37, will become Ireland's youngest prime minister in April when the Irish parliament, or the Dail, resumes after its Easter break. He will lead the coalition government in Dublin along with Fianna Fail and the Green Party.


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