Varadkar’s Fine Gael (FG) has been in coalition with Fianna Fail (FF) and the Greens since 2020; they agreed that Varadkar would replace FF leader Micheal Martin as taoiseach two-and-a-half years into the government’s expected five-year term. Varadkar takes over a government that faces acute policy challenges, especially concerning housing.
- The very high concentration of multinationals in Ireland’s growth model leaves its economy acutely vulnerable to external risks.
- Persistent challenges concerning access to affordable accommodation could fuel emigration and reduce immigration.
- Grassroots opposition will likely prevent an electoral alliance between FG and FF before the next election.