In Pictures: Simon Harris becomes youngest Taoiseach in history of the State

New Fine Gael leader takes position after vote in Dáil and receiving seal of office from Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin

Simon Harris was elected Taoiseach by the Dáil on Tuesday, making him the youngest person in the history of the State to hold the position.

The 37-year-old Fine Gael leader takes over from still sitting TD Leo Varadkar, following the latter’s surprising resignation announcement in late March.

Harris was nominated in the Dáil by his party’s deputy leader Heather Humphreys and seconded by Longford-Westmeath TD Peter Burke before a vote by TDs to elect a new leader.

Harris arrived at Áras an Uachtaráin shortly after 2pm after being nominated and elected in the Dáil by 88 votes to 69. President Michael D Higgins then presented him with the Taoiseach’s Seal of Office, the moment where he formally took the position.