Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar during their leadership contest in May 2017
Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney spoke to Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One.
During their discussion, Mr O’Rourke asked Mr Coveney about Leo Varadkar’s leadership of Fine Gael following the general election result.
They had this exchange:
Seán O’Rourke: “What about the Fine Gael leadership at this time?”
Simon Coveney: “I don’t think there’s any, ehhm, moves, ehhh, ehh, to change leader in Fine Gael. I don’t think there’s any appetite for that. There’s a lot of trust in Leo Varadkar within Fine Gael. He’s only been a leader for two-and-a-half years or so.
“I think he’s only getting started. So I think Fine Gael will look at this election result, we’ll try to learn from it.
“Clearly we’ve made some mistakes and the public expressed an anger about that during this election and we need to be both realistic and humble in relation to the mistakes that we’ve made and learn from them and come back and respond to that as a political party that is, you know, deeply committed to everybody in Irish society, not just the people who vote for us but the people who voted for Sinn Féin and others as well. And we’ll do that.”
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