Alan Dukes: People calling on Enda Kenny to give retirement date need to 'wise up'

Alan Dukes: People calling on Enda Kenny to give retirement date need to 'wise up'

A former leader of Fine Gael has said that some members of the party need to "wise up" and stop calling on Enda Kenny to give a date for stepping down.

Alan Dukes' comments follow reports that Enda Kenny could lead Fine Gael into the next election.

According to the Sunday Independent, the Taoiseach is planning to fight for a third term if the Government falls in the New Year.

Mr Dukes said it is folly for any leader to announce an intention to step down.

"Politicians should wise up on this," he said.

"There are a couple of people in Fine Gael who come out and say 'We want Enda to tell us when he's going to go', completely ignoring the fact that the moment a leader of any organisation says 'I'm going to go on a certain date', nobody listens to that person any more."

Mr Dukes' comments come after a Behaviour and Attitudes Poll in the Sunday Times giving Fine Gael 26% support. The public's satisfaction with Enda Kenny is on 33%, up one point.


More in this Section

DUP urges action to fill abortion ‘vacuum’DUP urges action to fill abortion ‘vacuum’

Body found in burning car in DublinBody found in burning car in Dublin

Taoiseach backs priest’s anti-violence stance over Kevin Lunney attackTaoiseach backs priest’s anti-violence stance over Kevin Lunney attack

Water is restored to Cork homes after burst main causes flood damageWater is restored to Cork homes after burst main causes flood damage


Lifestyle

Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner