Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Health Minister Simon Harris
He [Simon Harris] became health minister in 2016, in a government led by Enda Kenny, his political mentor and then-leader of the center-right Fine Gael.
When Kenny resigned a year later, Harris backed Simon Coveney, now deputy head of the Irish government, to be his successor. But current Prime Minister Leo Varadkar won instead.
Harris was the only one from the old government to keep his job.
He is now careful to stress his support for Varadkar and said he doesn’t want to take the top job anytime soon.
“I’m very supportive of our current Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who is obviously a young Taoiseach [and] doing a brilliant job,” Harris told POLITICO.
His comments about his own professional future, he explained, just mean “I wouldn’t rule out the possibility” of becoming PM.