Analysis: Fine Gael avoids petty row over delay in Taoiseach change

Leo Varadkar will become Taoiseach on December 17, two days later than expected

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The new date for what backbenchers call “Transition Day” has been named without a murmur of protest in the coalition.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had carefully agreed the date for their historic rotation of offices for Tuesday December 15.

The programme for government stated that on that date, Martin would offer his resignation to the President, and all parties and TDs supporting the government will support the nomination of the Leader of ...