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Enda Kenny to retire as Fine Gael leader at midnight tonight

Enda Kenny to retire as Fine Gael leader at midnight tonight

But when asked whether Enda Kenny would be addressing the leadership issue at this meeting, the Fine Gael Press Office and Government Press Office both refused to comment on the matter.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will retire as Fine Gael leader, with effect from midnight on Wednesday.

Mr Kenny will continue to perform his duties as Fine Gael leader in an acting capacity until a successor is appointed on 2 June.

"As leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny has been a towering figure in modern Irish history and will be recognised as such over the coming days, weeks, months and years".

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime Deputy Ring said Mr Kenny gave all he could as leader of the country and that he did a tremendous job.

But at a parliamentary election previous year, Fine Gael suffered a backlash from voters who felt the recovery was passing them by.

Mr Coveney, from Cork, has also held a number of ministries but faces weekly criticism of his efforts to tackle the country's unprecedented housing and homelessness crisis.

But at a parliamentary election past year, Fine Gael suffered a backlash from voters who felt the recovery was passing them by.

His replacement will lead Ireland during complex divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU.

Kenny, dismissed as a political lightweight before leading his party to its best ever election result in 2011, built up a close rapport with fellow European Union leaders alongside Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who a number of Fine Gael lawmakers expect will also stand down following the leadership contest.

Kenny is due to visit the USA and Belgium early next month in his final trips as Ireland's Taoiseach, or prime minister.


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