Sligo Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLaughlin has confirmed his support for Leo Varadkar.

Deputy McLaughlin declared his intention to vote for the Dublin West TD at lunchtime today.

The hustings which take place ahead of Fine Gael members going to the ballot box have been announced.

Members in the North West will have to travel to the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on Saturday the 27th of May if they remain undecided. The other three hustings take place in Dublin, Cork and Carlow.

Speaking to Ocean FM News this afternoon, Deputy McLaughlin outlined the reasons for his decision: