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Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to step down as leader Enda Kenny is stepping down
Tobias Pedroso | 20 May, 2017, 00:25

Front runners to replace Mr Kenny as Fine Gael leader and subsequently become Prime Minister include social protection minister Leo Varadkar and housing minister Simon Coveney.

Minister Varadkar has taken an early lead in the race over Simon Coveney, but both candidates are continuing to receive endorsements today from their parliamentary colleagues.

He announced a year ago that he would not lead Fine Gael into another election but has delayed his resignation several times in recent weeks amid discussions about Brexit in Brussels.

Yesterday, Enda Kenny announced that he would retire from the role of leader; a decision which came into effect at midnight on May 17.

"And open a conversation with people that don't support us, people who have lost faith in us or people who maybe never considered voting for Fine Gael but start that conversation with them".

Cllr Mulhall did not believe that Mr Kenny could be held accountable for the backlash Fine Gael councillors felt at the 2014 local elections.

The small opposition Greens called for the new prime minister to be in place by the June 22 gathering of European Union leaders.

He told his party he would remain as leader for a "brief but appropriate period" to facilitate a leadership contest. "I have chose to implement that decision today", Kenny said in a statement.

Enda Kenny and Peter Burke.

He said that like any politicians, Mr Kenny had "his highs and lows" but he praised general his performance over two governments.

"Leo was in Donegal for two days last week but he is no stranger to Donegal", said McHugh, who is Minister for the Diaspora and International Development.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2011 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. "One of the fundamental tenets of our democracy is a commitment to public service and the Taoiseach [PM] has more than fulfilled that obligation".

As the leadership contest enters its second day more members of the parliamentary party, including a number of other senior ministers, are due to indicate who they are supporting in the contest.

Rank-and-file members are allocated 25 percent and councilors 10 percent.