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Enda the line?

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing a crucial few days that will decide when he will announce the date when he will step down a leader of Fine Gael.

The Castlebar-based TD is set to face a leadership challenge from his own ranks if he does not give a firm indication by early next week of when he intends to step down from his position. It is believed that he has been given a matter of days to choose a date that will placate party colleagues dismayed by his performance during the past week. Mr Kenny has faced a very tough week with the fall out from the Maurice McCabe affair dominating the headlines and leaving his leadership of his party and the country as the number one topic of discussion around the nation.

The signals coming from within his own party is that the Taoiseach will face a leadership challenge from his own ranks if he does not give a firm indication of when he intends to step down from his position. With both Minister Leo Varadker and Minister Simon Coveney reported to have told members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party at their parliamentary party meeting this week that the party needed to be ready for a general election, it has been seen as the firmest indicator yet that the two leading contenders to replace him in the leadership of the party are ready to see change sooner than later.


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