Published: Tue, February 21, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Three Ministers apart from Varadkar and Coveney may run for leader

Three Ministers apart from Varadkar and Coveney may run for leader

Mr Coveney said the transition in Fine Gael should be "calm and orderly" as he hit out at other TDs for issuing "threats and ultimatums" to Mr Kenny.

"I'm absolutely honoured to hold this position".

Tánaiste Fitzgerald has said she wants to wait until after this week's parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday.

He released a statement saying: "Everyone is waiting to hear from the Taoiseach".

The leadership of Fine Gael looks to nearly certainly be up for grabs this week as Enda Kenny announces he'll make his intentions of when he'll step down to the parliamentary party this coming Wednesday.

"The electoral process in Fine Gael takes some three weeks so a period around that would be appropriate".

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Earlier 10.50am: A former leader of Fine Gael is suggesting politicians from all parties take a vow of silence on social media.

Fine Gael's vice-chairman said last week that he expected Kenny to inform the party's internal meeting on Wednesday of an exact timetable for his departure and hoped it would not be necessary to table a motion of no confidence in his leadership.

"He said he is going to speaking to the parliamentary party and he's not making a comment before then".

"You should have things a good bit more organised before you make a move and I don't see evidence, although I am not that close in that part of Fine Gael, I don't see evidence that that's happened".

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney wants an orderly and quick transition to a new leader soon after the Taoiseach returns from the U.S. after St Patrick's day.

A spokesperson for the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has described as "tongue in cheek" a comment he made appearing to endorse Minister for Health Simon Harris for the leadership.

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