epa11241482 Irish Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris addresses the audience after he was declared the new leader of Fine Gael at the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone, Ireland, 24 March 2024. Following a shortened leadership contest, Simon Harris became the new de facto leader of the Fine Gael party, paving the way for him to become Ireland's youngest Prime Minister (Taoiseach) after Leo Varadkar resigned.  EPA/DAMIEN EAGERS