Enda Kenny resigns as leader of Fine Gael

Leader: Enda Kenny served as leader of Fine Gael for 15 years. © File Photo
Leader: Enda Kenny served as leader of Fine Gael for 15 years. © File Photo

Ireland will have a new Taoiseach this summer, as Enda Kenny announced his decision to step down as leader of Fine Gael from midnight tonight.

His decision was announced on Twitter at 4:38 pm this afternoon while the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting was in progress.

In the statement, Mr Kenny said he would remain in the role of party leader in an acting capacity until his successor has been chosen.

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Mr Kenny said it had been a "huge honour and privilege" to have led the party for 15 years and represent his constituency in Mayo as a TD since 1975.

"I especially want to thank my wife Fionnuala, our children, my siblings and their families for their understanding of my work, and indeed for accepting the many intrusions of politics into family life in the interest of building our country," the statement read.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney and Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar will now battle it out to become the next leader of the country, with possibly Education Minister Richard Bruton also considering a leadership bid.

 

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