Simon Harris sidesteps talk of him seeking Fine Gael leadership

Harris said the party should be focused on improving its support across the country rather than “fixating” on polls

Simon Harris stressed that there was “no vacancy” in Fine Gael leaderships. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Simon Harris, the Minister for Further Education, wants Fine Gael to work harder on improving public support for the party rather than seeking a change at the top.

Speaking with Colm Ó Mongáin on RTÉ’s Today programme on Thursday, Harris deflected when asked if he would be interested in the role of party leader.

“There’s absolutely no vacancy for the leadership of Fine Gael. I absolutely fully support and work closely with the Taoiseach. We ...