Taoiseach announces he is quitting
The race to be the country’s next Taoiseach kicked off last night after Enda Kenny announced his intention to quit.
The Taoiseach retired as Fine Gael leader at midnight on Wednesday. He will remain on as Taoiseach until a new leader is elected – expected to be within two weeks (by June 2nd).
The next leader of Fine Gael – widely tipped to be either Leo Varadkar or Simon Coveney –is expected to win sufficient support in the Dáil to succeed Kenny as Taoiseach.
Mr. Kenny had been leader of Fine Gael since 2002 and Taoiseach for the last six years. For many people, he became a controversial figure in Roscommon, following the explosive row that erupted in 2011 when Mr. Kenny oversaw the closure of Roscommon A&E, after he had personally promised, during that year’s General Election campaign, that he would retain the facility if he became Taoiseach.
From an overall perspective, there will be mixed views on what the political legacy of a man of considerable personal warmth and decency will be, with supporters hailing his career and critics taking an alternative view!