Office of Taoiseach to rotate on 17 December

Office of Taoiseach to rotate on 17 December

THE GOVERNMENT has set the date of Saturday 17 December as the day on which Leo Varadkar will take over from Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.

The rotation of the office was agreed when the coalition was formed in June 2020.

The Programme for Government had specified that the changeover date would be 15 December 2022, however this has been pushed by two days to allow Martin to participate in the final EU leaders' summit of the year.

A special sitting of the Dáil will take place on that date, with a wider Cabinet reshuffle also expected.

Martin will become Tánaiste, but it is unclear which portfolio he will take.

Mr Varadkar will leave his Department of Enterprise position, but it is not known who will take that role.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael) will change places with Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath (Fianna Fáil).

The Green Party ministers are not expected to change from their roles in the reshuffle.

Mr Varadkar had previously served as Taoiseach from June 2017 to February 2020 following there resignation of then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

From February 2020 to June 2020 he acted in a caretaker capacity until Mr Martin's appointment.