Kenny to face disgruntled backbenchers

Kenny to face disgruntled backbenchers

Enda Kenny will today come face-to-face with backbenchers who want him to quit as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader.

It was six years ago last month when Enda Kenny last faced down calls from his own Fine Gael colleagues to quit as party leader.

And, as on the previous occasion, the concern of some TDs is that the timing of another General Election cannot be predicted, and so Enda Kenny must be replaced.

However, when the Fine Gael parliamentary party meets today, and unlike the last occasion six years ago, there will not be any votes taken because the backbenchers who want him to step down have not tabled a motion of no confidence - and nor have Kenny, or any of his loyalists, tabled a motion explicitly backing him.

It seems the feeling within Fine Gael is that, just 60 days into the Government’s term, the party could do without a formal division pushing its members into one of two camps.

However, the meeting will give disgruntled backbenchers another chance to air their grievances about the leadership and Kenny the opportunity to shout them down, in person.


More in this Section

Dozens of parishioners attend drive-in church service in AntrimDozens of parishioners attend drive-in church service in Antrim

Two arrested after €23k of prescription drugs seized in WaterfordTwo arrested after €23k of prescription drugs seized in Waterford

'We need continuity at this time' - Ciaran Cuffe against change of Green Party leader'We need continuity at this time' - Ciaran Cuffe against change of Green Party leader

HSE gets reassurances late filing of Covid-19 data by hospitals has not been repeatedHSE gets reassurances late filing of Covid-19 data by hospitals has not been repeated


Lifestyle

Last week, I wrote about 'small is beautiful' as a key to an improved environment for all living things after this Covid crisis is finally over. As I wrote, I saw, in the mind's eye, the village where I live in west Cork and from which my wife and I are temporarily exiled.Damien Enright: Community spirit can ensure we pull through - together

Fifty years ago, a fox was spotted in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. The unfortunate animal was chased by local ‘gurriers’. It took refuge in a tree but was promptly stoned to death.Richard Collins: Wildlife taking back the streets of our cities

The north pier on Cape Clear has been eerily quiet these last few months as no visitors disembark. The ferry is not unloading boatloads of tourists from Baltimore, 45 minutes away, or from Schull, as it would normally.The Islands of Ireland: Cape Clear tells its side of the story

If the Donegal postman and amateur weather forecaster has it right, we could be in for water shortages in the coming months. Michael Gallagher, who predicted the scorching summer of 2018 and the 2010 freeze-up, says we’ll have a ‘lovely’ summer.Donal Hickey: Demand for water to soar

More From The Irish Examiner