Taoiseach ‘absolutely sure’ he has confidence of Fine Gael parliamentary party

Simon Harris rejected the suggestion that he is briefing the media against his party leader

Leo Varadkar’s leadership of Fine Gael has been the subject of intense media speculation.

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has said he is “absolutely sure” the vast majority of his parliamentary party has confidence in his leadership, after media reports suggested some members were unhappy with him continuing in the position.

Speaking at the annual National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle, Varadkar said Fine Gael has “achieved so much” under his six years of leadership.

“We have full employment for the first time. For only the second ...