Kenny Expected To Clarify Future As FG Leader

There’s just hours to go now until we find out if the Taoiseach will spark a Fine Gael leadership contest today.

He’s to address the parliamentary party meeting this evening and it’s now widely believed that after months of speculation a contest will be triggered.

The two leading candidates to replace him are Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar.


Speculation is rife that the country could be in for a change of leadership after Enda Kenny meets with his party colleagues later.

The Taoiseach has been under increasing pressure to step aside in recent months but a leadership battle can’t officially begin until he makes an announcement to this effect.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar are widely regarded as the favourites but other names have been thrown into the hat too.

Independent Minister Katherine Zappone is supporting Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

The Taoiseach has told his party colleagues that he will be very clear about his intentions in this evening’s meeting.

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey says this is important – but is confident that Enda Kenny will follow through with his promise and provide this today.