Thursday 23 October 2014

Leo Varadkar says the show will go on despite Labour changes

Eimear Phelan

Published 28/05/2014 | 09:23

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. with Michael Ring, T.D., left, Minister for State at the Dept of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Tanaiste, Eamon gilmore, and Leo Varadkar, T.D, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport at the launch of the Gathering Ireland 2013, the biggest tourism event ever held in Ireland. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 11/5/12

Transport minister Leo Varadkar says the change in leadership in the Labour party is a "new scenario".

Varadkar maintained that “the business of government stills goes on” despite the speculation within the Labour party about who the next leader will be.

However, the transport minister was staying tight-lipped when asked about his thoughts on the situation.

When asked on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme earlier today about who he thought would fill the top spot vacated by Eamon Gilmore on Monday, he replied: “That’s none of my business, really."

He went on to defend the coalition and the tough work it had done during the crisis of the recession, and maintained that “what the coalition brought to the country three years ago was stability”.

A change in leadership wasn't something he had experienced before but maintained it was business as usual, he told the programme.

Varadkar said nothing would change in the relationship between the coalition partners.

On the topic of whether a change in Labour party leadership might prompt an early election he was certain this wouldn't be the case.

"I don’t anticipate that," he said.

Life  would go on as normal and that “the Labour party just need a bit of time, a few weeks, to elect a new leader and that’s their prerogative”.

Overall he declined speculating on the future of Labour saying “it's not my business to be commenting on internal matters in the labour party”.

He also focused on the immediate future rather than conjecture or speculation for the future: “As far as I’m concerned the government has a job to do.”

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