Fine Gael’s war of words

Kenny under pressure to name a departure date before or during party meeting on Wednesday

19th February, 2017
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection and Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, the two frontrunners to succeed Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader – and Taoiseach Picture: Rollingnews

The race to succeed Enda Kenny as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader has grown increasingly bitter this weekend.

His most likely successors, ministers Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, are at odds over how long the Taoiseach should be given to outline a timeline for his departure with each side levelling accusations at the other.

Varadkar yesterday delivered a clear message to Kenny to outline a departure timetable and is now making it clear privately that...

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