The 'Enda' of an era for Kenny

Fri, May 19, 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo @EndaKennyTD Twitter

The months of speculation finally came to an end on Wednesday evening when Enda Kenny announced his decision to step down as leader of Fine Gael — the party he has led for just short of 15 years. Mr Kenny will be stepping down as Taoiseach, once a new Fine Gael party leader is elected by the party and a new Taoiseach is elected by the Dáil.

Since the results of the 2016 General Election it was a matter of when, rather than if, his term as leader of the country would come to an end. After the many months of speculation as to when he would announce his departure, it came at a meeting of the Fine Gael parlimentary party that lasted just seven minutes. At the meeting he said: "Last year I indicated that I would not lead the Fine Gael Party into the next General Election. I have decided to implement that decision today. Therefore I will retire as Leader of Fine Gael effective from midnight tonight.

"I want to assure people that throughout this internal process, I will continue to carry out my duties and responsibilities as Taoiseach in full," Mr Kenny added. "I intend to provide a brief but appropriate period for my successor to engage with groups and members supportive of Government, and with other parties in the Dáil regarding provision of Government for the future."


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