The challenges facing Ireland’s youngest and most untested Taoiseach

Can Ireland's youngest Taoiseach turn youthful enthusiasm into meaningful action?

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On Tuesday, Simon Harris will be officially voted into office by TDs in Dáil Éireann and become the new Taoiseach.

Harris, who is the youngest ever Taoiseach at 37, will then reveal his Cabinet reshuffle, by which he hopes to signal a fresh start for the Government and for the Fine Gael party.

But can the Wicklow TD turn youthful enthusiasm into meaningful action? And how will he decide bring on his Cabinet picks?

We ask Political Editor Pat Leahy about what we’ve learned about Harris since he took over as Fine Gael leader and the challenges that lie ahead for Ireland’s new Taoiseach.


Presented by Sorcha Pollak. Produced by Declan Conlon and Suzanne Brennan.

Sorcha Pollak

Sorcha Pollak

Sorcha Pollak is an Irish Times reporter and cohost of the In the News podcast