'I have full confidence in Alan Shatter' - hours later Leo Varadkar is now being tipped as new Minister for Justice
He’s now the favourite to take over from Alan Shatter – but Leo Varadkar publicly proclaimed his confidence in the beleaguered justice minister several hours before he stepped down.
Speaking this morning, Transport minister Varadkar said he had full confidence in the justice minister.
Mr Varadkar was quizzed this morning about the Data Protection Commissioner’s findings against Shatter.
Speaking about his colleague’s “error” in revealing that Independent deputy Mick Wallace had benefitted from garda discrepancy, he said that he should be forgiven as “it did happen over one year ago”.
"What he did was wrong but he has admitted that and apologised for it.
Mr Varadkar claimed that "there a lot of issues on the doors" as he canvasses ahead of the upcoming local and European elections, but that Alan Shatter "isn't a big one".
He added that he "absolutely" still has confidence in the Justice Minister, who has apologised for his "mistake".
The Transport minister made his public proclamation of confidence in Shatter early this morning.
Less than eight hours later, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dail Mr Shatter had resigned.
Now Leo Varadkar is favourite to be named as Shatter’s replacement with bookies Paddy Power placing him at odds of 5/4
Agriculture minister Simon Coveney is second favourite for the job with odds of 7/4.
Pat Rabbitte, Richard Bruton and Pascal Donohoe are also tipped as favourites.
Irish Independent Supplement