Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is flattered by media reports suggesting he could become head of the European Union's executive, but insisted he was not seeking a career change.

Mr Varadkar said: "I'm flattered to be considered for the position of EU Commission President, but I have a job, it's as Taoiseach of Ireland.

"I'm loving the job, I'm only getting started I hope, so I've no plans for a career change at this stage.

"When it comes to appointing our member of the EU Commission that will be done in consultation with the Cabinet, once there is a president in place."

EU leaders will meet again on Sunday to seek agreement on who should inherit the bloc's top jobs after French President Emmanuel Macron last week blocked German Chancellor Angela Merkel's pick for EU Commission President.

With the candidacy of Merkel-backed Manfred Weber faltering, the Financial Times and Politico both included Mr Varadkar on long lists of potential alternatives from Mr Weber's European People's Party group.