Leo Varadkar discusses Shannon LNG project during visit to Kerry yesterday

The new leader of Fine Gael, Taoiseach-elect Leo Varadkar, paid a visit to Kerry last night.

The Dublin West TD was attending a funeral but during his time in the county, he met with Kerry Fine Gael deputy Brendan Griffin to discuss the Shannon LNG project.

Deputy Griffin said Mr Varadkar, who previously held ministries in health, transport, tourism and sport and most recently social protection, was warmly welcomed in North Kerry.

He said he and the Taoiseach-elect didn’t discuss a rumoured Cabinet appointment, but instead pledged to table the progression of the Shannon LNG Project with Minister Denis Naughten.

Deputy Griffin rejected suggestions Munster could lose out in the wake of the Dublin TD’s election over Cork based rival Simon Coveney – saying he believes Mr Varadkar wants to see prosperity across the entire country: