Newly appointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the Government is facing "political and social crisises"

Newly appointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the Government is facing “political and social crisises”

The Taoiseach informed the Dáíl that the new Government have been facing “political and social crisises”.

“We are living in an age of emergencies. Climate, the war in Ukraine, housing, the cost of living, child poverty. There are also threats to the economy and employment and to peace and partnership on our island. We are facing deep political and social crises, and they affect every community in our country. We need to treat each of them as a national emergency and deploy the full resources of the State, the full machinery of Government, to make an immediate and real difference and this is what we are committed to as a Government. When the life of our nation was in peril we joined together to protect each other. Today the hopes and dreams of our nation depend on us fixing the problems we face. To do so, we need to go all out. To be radical or redundant,” Mr Varadkar said, reports The Mirror.

The Irish Mirror understands there is significant anger in Fine Gael over the appointment of Ms Naughton as Prime Minister.

It was widely expected that Brendan Griffin would land the role after appearing as Fine Gael Whip.

A Fine Gael source said Mr Varadkar would lose support within the party for failing to reward Mr Griffin.

A Fine Gael source also said that Josepha Madigan is now expected to remain Secretary of State when Under-Secretaries of State are appointed next week. They said this was because there were more problems within the party.

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