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Irish Prime Minister to Leave Fine Gael Party by Early June

Irish Prime Minister to Leave Fine Gael Party by Early June

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny resigned as leader of his Fine Gael party on Wednesday, kicking off a succession contest between two younger ministers who colleagues hope will boost the party ahead of an election due late next year.

Minister McHugh said he believed Minister Varadkar would be an outstanding leader of the country who understood issues affecting people right across the State and in particular Donegal.

Minister McHugh made no comment on the forthcoming leadership contest that is set to follow the announcement.

"Therefore I will retire as Leader of Fine Gael effective from midnight tonight, 17th May 2017", he said.

"One of the fundamental tenets of our democracy is a commitment to public service and the Taoiseach [PM] has more than fulfilled that obligation".

Ireland will more than likely have to ask the European Union for specific assistance in dealing with economic fallout from Brexit, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Thursday.

The two frontrunners to succeed Mr Kenny - Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar - also paid tribute.

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Brendan Howlin, leader of the Labour Party, said that after working closely with Michael Noonan over "five hard years", he had learned to admire Mr Noonan's political skills and respect his manifest competence.

The 66-year-old had been under pressure to resign from factions within his own party that were dissatisfied with his leadership. While you're here.Check out Episode 3 of The JOE Show - Ireland's first social chat show - featuring live studio guests The Strypes, music from Jamie Duff, the best new comedy sketches and Ireland's biggest U2 fan goes in search of Bono and the boys.

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.

Mr Donohoe's support is also significant, as he is one of the most influential members of the Cabinet and has been tipped as a potential minister for finance once Michael Noonan steps down after the leadership race.

As Enda himself said: "Let the games begin".

Other outsiders include Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Education Minister Richard Bruton, who launched a failed bid to oust Mr Kenny back in 2010.


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