Who will be the next leader of Fine Gael?

Who will be the next leader of Fine Gael?

Who will be the next leader of Fine Gael?

Mr Kenny became known as the "Father of the Dáil" due to being the longest serving Taoiseach in Irish history.

Dubliner Varadkar is now the clear favourite with the bookies to succeed Enda Kenny as Fine Gael boss, though political sources say it is way too early to call.

Leadership hopeful Varadkar, now Minister for Social Protection, visited Donegal last week. I hold Simon in great esteem, but it's how I have seen Leo respond back to great need is why I'm supporting him.

He said that Minister Varadkar has a "vision of a resilient and competitive economy" that can support a fairer Ireland.

In the midst of declarations, Michael Noonan announced he would retire from politics at the next election.

Its not yet clear if there will be other candidates in the race, there has been some speculation that Frances Fitzgerald and Richard Bruton will declare. "This country needs a leader for the 21st century and Leo is that person". He has a very tough job at the moment as Minister for Housing.

Fine Gael leadership contender Leo Varadkar.

Minister of State Paul Kehoe, Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd and Sligo TD Tony McLoughlin have also confirmed their support for Mr Varadkar.

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"He was good for the party", the Emo councillor said of the Mayo TD.

"He would be a quite capable of leading the party and the other man Leo Varadkar would as well.but I would be sticking my neck out and saying I would be supporting Coveney", he said.

Candidates have been warned to sign up to code of conduct to govern their behaviour in the campaign and they are also obliged to abide by data protection rules governing the use of membership details.

This is important as the 73 TDs, senators and MEPs who are members of the parliamentary party have a 65% share of the overall vote with party members having 25% and councillors 10%.

"I'm really humbled, really grateful for that", he said.

Kenny's successor as party leader is set to be elected on June 2 and Noonan may still oversee the flotation of Allied Irish Banks, which he said could happen in the coming weeks, another landmark in the banking sector recovery.

Meanwhile, in Dublin, Leo Varadkar has made his first public appearance of the leadership campaign.

BoyleSports can report support for Simon Coveney on Thursday morning and as a result, the Cork native is now 6/4 from 7/4 to be the new Fine Gael leader.

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