Leo Varadkar has gained the support of over half of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.
With 14 members still to declare their intentions, Mr. Varadkar has the support of 38 members, with Simon Coveney on 19.
Mr. Varadkar's camp claim to have another three or four members secured, whose endorsements will be announced later.
Officially announcing his candidacy earlier, Minister Varadkar said the country was now at a crossroads:
L TO R. Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe talks to the media to announce Paschal's support for Leo in the Fine Gael Leadership contest. . The event took place on Leo Street Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie