Newly appointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has shared a glimpse of his first day on the job.
Elected Taoiseach for a second time on Saturday, r Varadkar said there were a number of “urgent challenges” that would define his government for the next two years.
The Fine Gael TD said he “got off to a flying start” on Saturday following his appointment by President Michael D. Higgins.
He took to social media to take a behind-the-scenes look at his first day.
The video shows the timeline of events of that day as Varadkar took part in a series of engagements.
It begins with Varadkar following the death of Private Seán Rooney in Lebanon on March 14.
At 9:45am, video shows Varadkar making his way to government buildings to the tune of motivational music with newly appointed Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney.
The leader of Fine Gael then brought his belongings from the Tánaiste’s office, now held by Micheál Martin, at 9.50am.
Varadkar collected his nomination speech at 10.20am and made “last minute preparation” at 10.25am before heading to the Dáil.
The video then shows Varadkar being greeted by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys at the Dáil.
At 1:05 p.m. he leaves the Dáil, having been appointed Taoiseach by a majority.
He then sets out at 1:20 p.m. for Áras an Uachtaráin to be formally appointed by the President.
At 2:40 p.m., Varadkar, as the Taoiseach, returned to the government buildings and assumed his new office.
He then began appointing Cabinet ministers, including Mr Coveney, newly appointed Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe, Minister Humphreys, Minister Harris and new Prime Minister Hildegarde Naughton.
Speaking to the Dáil on Saturday night after his appointment, Varadkar said the government must get the cost of living under control and vowed to ensure “the best start in life for every child” as he announced a new unit in the Department of Taoiseach Access to improve services.
“To enable them to make the most of this start through education, through equal opportunities, good jobs and a better future,” he said.
“Throughout history, our people have been our greatest resource, so let’s give everyone a fair chance.”
The video ends with Varadkar going to his new desk as the Taoiseach at 5pm and “getting on with the work”.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/i-hit-the-ground-running-taoiseach-leo-varadkar-shares-behind-the-scenes-look-at-first-day-in-office-42233945.html “I’m off to a flying start” – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar offers a behind-the-scenes look at his first day in office