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Harris to discuss transition of power with Taoiseach

New Fine Gael leader Simon Harris is expected to meet outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to discuss the transition of power.

Mr Harris is also due to meet the other Coalition leaders later this week, ahead of being elected Taoiseach by the Dáil on 9 April.

Mr Harris told the media at a party event in Athlone yesterday that he believes the Coalition needs to focus on what it can get done, given that it only has one more year before a General Election must be called.

He said he wants to talk to all Fine Gael ministers in relation to what they believe they can deliver within that timeframe.

He added that he wants to discuss the implementation timeline of commitments in the Programme for Government with leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

Mr Harris stressed that he believed the Coalition could continue to deliver if the leaders anchored their relationships in trust and mutual respect.

Opposition parties are insistent that the best option would be for the Government to call a General Election now.

However, Mr Harris said he wants the Coalition to run its full term up to March 2025 which is an opinion supported by both Mr Martin and Mr Ryan.

Later today, Mr Harris is due to meet Mr Varadkar as he edges closer to taking control of the Government.

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