Kenny quits after Irish police whistleblower scandal

20 Mai, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Lucrece Courtet

Ireland will have a new prime minister in June after Taoiseach Enda Kenny quit as leader of his party.

According to the Irish Times, the 38-year-old Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, has an early advantage, securing the most support from Fine Gael parliamentarians.

"His dedication and determination gave Fine Gael a landslide in that year's general election", he said.

Mr Coveney, who won new support on Friday with the backing of the Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton and the Dún Laoghaire TD Sean Barrett, said he is not panicked by the numbers declaring for Mr Varadkar and believes he will win the contest. The latter alludes to Varadkar's plain-speaking manner, which supporters say could widen the party's appeal.

"He would be a quite capable of leading the party and the other man Leo Varadkar would as well.but I would be sticking my neck out and saying I would be supporting Coveney", he said.

"For me, I'm in politics to be positive and constructive", he said.

"I could not have engaged as I did without that base", he said.

Leadership hopeful Varadkar, now Minister for Social Protection, visited Donegal last week.

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Varadkar - who will not officially launch his campaign until tomorrow - appeared in public for the first time since the leadership election got underway.

Around 21,000 Fine Gael members will be entitled to vote with TDs and Senators accounting for 65 per cent of the vote, delegates 25 per cent and local councillors the remaining ten per cent share.

His successor is expected to be named by 2 June.

The contest will include four hustings in Dublin, Carlow, Ballinasloe and Cork over four nights from next Thursday.

"But regardless of the challenges we faced, Enda Kenny took them on with humour, grace, and determination", he said.

He subsequently became the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to be elected to a second consecutive term on 6 May 2016, after two months of negotiations following the 2016 election, forming a Fine Gael-led minority government.

Mr Kenny will visit the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, which has been extensively redeveloped in recent years and is due to officially re-open in the coming weeks.

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