The Dáil has convened to begin the process of electing a new Taoiseach.

Fine Gael leader Simon Harris will be proposed for the role by Minister for Social Protection and Fine Gael deputy leader Heather Humphreys.

This will be seconded by junior minister Peter Burke who is widely tipped to be appointed a Cabinet minister later this evening.

Mr Harris is on course to win the support of up to 87 TDs with several independent TDs agreeing to back him.