Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Irish finance minister to step down when PM goes next month

FOLLWING confirmation that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stepped down as Fine Gael leader effective from midnight last night, BoyleSports have reported that Leo Varadkar is the firm 2/5 favourite to succeed him as party leader.

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney have been named as the two leading candidates to take over, with nominations in the contest to close on Saturday.

Standing outside the party's headquarters in the last few minutes he said he wanted to heal the divisions that have opened in Ireland over the last decade.

Pictured: TD Ciaran Cannon with Cllrs Peter Roche, Joe Byrne, Michael Maher, Peter Feeney, Jimmy McClearn, Aidan Donohue, Peter Keaveney & Michael Finnerty launch the Galway campaign backing Leo Varadkar for Fine Gael leader.

"Leo Varadkar can be a unifying figure for both Party and Country".

"He has also made a substantial contribution to Limerick, and as minister I found him to be a constructive and supportive colleague in Cabinet".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and former Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to Kenny, who was first elected as a TD in 1975.

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Such devices would have to be packed in checked luggage. "It's a big source of profit for both US and European carrier", he said . Representatives from both groups will meet again in Washington next week.

"I believe now is a good time for a new Finance Minister to take up office", Noonan said in a statement.

"Enda has been a strong and consistent friend to the United Kingdom and I want to thank him for all he has done to maintain the unique and close spirit of cooperation between our two nations, which has gone from strength to strength during his time as Taoiseach", Ms May said.

And the parliamentary party will vote on Friday 2 June after which a result and Enda Kenny's successor will be announced. "Ireland is the fastest growing economy in Europe, the budget is nearly balanced and we are on the cusp of full employment".

So, scroll back up and vote for who you would pick as the next Fine Gael leader and likely taoiseach.

"I don't think that a family living in a hotel room this evening is looking for a Taoiseach (prime minister) with an X-factor", Coveney told reporters at his campaign launch, referring to the housing crisis Kenny's successor will inherit.

He also said he will not stand for reelection as a member of parliament.

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