Enda Kenny steps down from post

Taoiseach enda kenny fine gael leader resigns
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that he will step down as Fine Gael leader at midnight tonight.

His announcement triggers a leadership election in the party and Kenny says he expects the process to be completed by close of business on 2 June.

The 66-year-old has led Fine Gael for 15 years and has served as Taoiseach since 2011.

In a statement posted on Twitter, he said he intends to carry out his leadership duties in full until a successor is appointed.

The full posting can be found below:

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are the front-runners to replace Kenny, with Varadkar the bookies favourite carrying odds of 4/9.

Frances Fitzgerald has also refused to rule herself out of the race, and the Tánaiste has support from various people in and out of the party.

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