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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Simon Coveney appointed deputy leader of Fine Gael

Simon Coveney Photo: Reuters
Simon Coveney Photo: Reuters
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has been appointed deputy leader of Fine Gael. 

The news was revealed to TDs and senators by Leo Varadkar at meeting in Leinster House this evening. 

Mr Varadkar, who will become Taoiseach tomorrow, updated members on his discussion with the Independent Alliance, Independents and Fianna Fail.  

He spoke about his commitment to accelerating the implementation of the Programme for a Partnership Government and the Confidence & Supply Agreement, and prioritising the passage of key legislation.

 “I am really delighted to appoint Simon Coveney as Deputy Leader of Fine Gael and as a member of the Party’s Executive Council.  

"Simon and I will work together to guide the participation by Fine Gael in the Government, and reform and modernise the Fine Gael Party in the years ahead," Mr Varadkar said. 

Mr Coveney said he is "honoured" to take up the role. 

"I will ensure this is an active role which reaches out to the members of the Party across the country. 

"I look forward to working with the new Leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar, and believe that I can bring a strong focus and energy to the Party from the grassroots members through to local councillors, and up to the Parliamentary Party. This is an exciting new chapter for the Party and I intend to play a strong role in it," he said. 

Mr Coveney lost the Fine Gael leadership contest to Leo Varadkar despite winning the popular vote among the party membership.

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