Simon Harris Could Become Ireland’s New Prime Minister

In light of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar resigning from Ireland’s Prime Minister position on Wednesday, Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris is on track to fill the role, being the only candidate to represent the country’s political right. If voted into office, Harris would be the youngest PM in Ireland’s history. 

Harris is a part of the Fine Gael party and is a focal figure in the centre-right of Irish politics. The only other possible rivals to his campaign to become the next PM would be Heather Humphreys and Paschal Donohoe. Humphreys is the Social Protection Minister, and Donohoe is the Public Expenditure Minister. Both have stated that they will not throw their hat in the ring until April 5th, after considering the roadmaps of their campaign. 

Harris is strongly backed by his political party and is known for his implementation of efficiency into his projects. If endorsed, Harris will have to re-establish a strong feeling of leadership in a now-confused party base after Varadkar’s resignation.