Fine Gael TD Calls On Enda Kenny To Step Down

Fine Gael TD Calls On Enda Kenny To Step Down
Andrew Lowth
Andrew Lowth

17 Feb 2017

A Fine Gael TD has called on his party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to step down.

Mr Kenny has been under mounting pressure for his handling over the Garda whistleblower saga, and there's been reports he's been given the weekend to decide his future or face a heave.

Now, Dublin TD Alan Farrell has the made the call, saying he has 'no confidence' in the Taoiseach and that his party leader's position is now 'untenable'.

In a statement, the Fingal deputy said:

"Fine Gael, as a party in Government, requires a leader who can manage the party in a manner which inspires faith amongst the Parliamentary Party, our local representatives and the wider membership.

"I wish the acknowledge Enda Kenny's unwavering commitment to public service and to working in the best interests of our society and the Irish public.

"While I sincerely thank An Taoiseach for the work he has done in rebuilding our party since becoming leader in 2002 and even more so for his incredible stewardship of the country since 2011, I believe it is now time for him to step aside and allow a new leader, with a fresh approach, to lead us into the future.

"Over the last number of days, we as a party have stumbled from one crisis to another, highlighting how fragile our arrangement as a minority Government is. Not only were we close to an election once, I firmly believe we came close three times."

Mr Farrell has also reiterated the statements from potential successors Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney about a potential election.

"If anything should be learned from the events of the last few days it is that we must be ready for an election at any time.

"In order to do that, we must have a new leader in place who will inject a new impetus and provide a new direction for Fine Gael."