Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to name the new Tánaiste later today, following Tuesday’s resignation of Frances Fitzgerald from the role.
He may have been Leo Varadkar’s opponent in the battle to lead Fine Gael, but the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney was an early favourite to be announced as Tánaiste today.
However, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has also been tipped for the vacant role.
And further back in the field contenders include; Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.
The departure of Frances Fitzgerald from the cabinet also leaves the Taoiseach with the Business, Enterprise and Innovation role to fill.
Varadkar has previously been heavily criticised for the gender imbalance in his cabinet, therefore speculation is rife the next holder of that portfolio will be female.