Leo Varadkar 'considering Simon Coveney for Tánaiste'

Incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may ultimately appoint his leadership rival Simon Coveney as Tánaiste as part of a peace offering to ease party divisions.

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Reaction: Labour say Leo Varadkar must 'unite our people'; Gerry Adams urges him to call an election

Latest: The Labour Party leader, Brendan Howlin, has said Leo Varadkar must unite everyone in the country if he is to be elected as Taoiseach.

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Leo Varadkar: Meet the man who will lead Fine Gael

Leo Varadkar has never been shy about his ambitions.

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Result: Leo Varadkar denies split in Fine Gael after he wins leadership contest

Latest: New Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has denied there is a split in the party following the leadership campaign.

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Cormac MacConnell: Cormac’s plan to get the economy buzzing

Whoever wins, Simon Coveney or Leo Varadkar, Cormac expects a call from Ireland’s next Taoiseach tomorrow.

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Denis Naughten rules out any possibility of a return to Fine Gael

As the voting gets underway to decide the leadership of Fine Gael, the Environment Minister says he won't be returning to the party.

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Chances of a snap election looms as FG support rises

The likelihood of a snap election in the months after the Fine Gael leadership race has increased sharply after the Government party surged ahead of Fianna Fáil in the latest public support poll

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Voting for new Fine Gael leader to begin

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney faced off in the final Fine Gael leadership debate last night.

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LATEST: Mairead McGuinness announces support for Simon Coveney for Taoiseach

LATEST: Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has publicly said she will support Simon Coveney in the race to become the next taoiseach just six days out from the vote, writes Fiachra O'Cionnaith

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Latest: Varadkar and Coveney go head-to-head at second hustings as protesters gather outside

Latest: Simon Coveney has insisted only his party can be trusted to steer the economy going forward, at the opening of the second night of the Fine Gael leadership debates in Carlow.

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Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney clash at head-to-head hustings

Latest: Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar have clashed sharply during a lively debate during their first head-to-head hustings in Dublin this evening

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Leo Varadkar calls Sinn Féin 'the greatest threat to our democracy'

Leo Varadkar has attacked Sinn Féin claiming the party are "the greatest threat to our democracy", writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner.

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Simon Coveney takes issue with Leo Varadkar's United Ireland tagline

Simon Coveney says he can win the fight to be the next Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach by just 2% if he can reverse just six votes for his rival and win the support of most members and councillors.

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Latest: Simon Coveney: ‘I’m not used to being an underdog, in politics or in life’

The Housing Minister believes he is the right person to take over from Enda Kenny.

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Fianna Fáil 'ready' for snap election and won't support Varadkar's 'flimsy' proposal banning strikes

Fianna Fáil has said it is ready for a snap election at any time and could have candidates selected in a matter of days.

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Varadkar says landlords 'should be treated like any other business'

Latest: Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar has said the "punitive charges" against landlords must be reversed so they are treated "like any" company and allowed to "offset" losses against their "business".

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LATEST: Simon Coveney denies he is an 'also-ran' and wants Fine Gael 'to represent everybody'

Latest: Despite being behind in the leadership race, Simon Coveney said today he is not an "some kind of also-ran".

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Simon Coveney: We are not done yet

It's not over yet - Housing Minister Simon Coveney has vowed to continue his campaign for the leadership of Fine Gael, writes Eoin English of the Irish Examiner.

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Varadkar rules out snap election and Brexit role for Enda Kenny

Runaway Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar has ruled out calling a snap election and will not give Enda Kenny an official Brexit role should he gain power.

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LATEST: Nominations close for FG leadership race

Latest: Nominations have closed for the Fine Gael leadership election.

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Latest: Fine Gael factions kick off: Coveney backer labels Varadkar supporters 'choir boys'

Latest: A key Simon Coveney backer has labelled Leo Varadkar's supporters "choir boys" who are "singing for their supper" and ignoring grassroots views.

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Enda Kenny: 'Je ne regrette rien'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in sombre mood this morning, responding to questions about whether he has any regrets about his time in power by saying: "Je ne regrette rien", writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.

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Simon Coveney: People 'looking for a Taoiseach who will solve their problems'

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has strongly hit back at claims he lacks charisma, saying a new Taoiseach doesn't need an 'X factor' but needs to deliver, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.

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Richard Bruton endorses 'decisive' and 'reforming' Leo Varadkar

Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced he will not be running in the Fine Gael leadership race but will instead be supporting Leo Varadkar, writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner.

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Latest: Final plans for FG leadership contest revealed

Latest: Fine Gael's national executive has outlined the final plans for the leadership contest.

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Photo gallery: A look at Enda Kenny through the years

Here is a compilation of photos from Mr Kenny's life throughout the years.

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Michael Ring says Kenny's successor will have to have commitment and stamina

Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring has said Enda Kenny's successor will have to show the same commitment and stamina that the Taoiseach did.

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Emotion the order of the day as Enda Kenny steps down at historic Fine Gael party meeting

It was a short but historic meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, when an emotional Enda Kenny announced he would be standing down as leader, writes political reporter Elaine Loughlin.

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Enda Kenny: Highs and lows of his record-breaking time as Fine Gael leader

He led Ireland out of the worst recession in living memory, then called people "whingers" for not realising it.

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Latest: British PM Theresa May wishes Enda Kenny 'all the very best'

Latest: British Prime Minister Theresa May has wished Enda Kenny all the best describing him as a strong and consistent friend of Britain.

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LATEST: Dr James Reilly expects there to be a new taoiseach by summer

Update 12.22pm: Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said that he does not believe there has been a change in Taoiseach's position on his departure.

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Kenny to reveal new FG front bench tomorrow

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will announce details of his new front bench team tomorrow afternoon, it has been confirmed.

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Varadkar open to return to front bench

Fine Gael TD for Dublin West Leo Varadkar has said he will return to the front bench if called to do so by Enda Kenny.

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Fine Gael recovers first place in new poll

Fine Gael has recovered first-place position in a new opinion poll, following the leadership heave against Enda Kenny.

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Adams dismisses 'silly' Kenny remarks on coalition

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has explained his party's reasons for refusing to go into government with Sinn Féin after the next election.

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Kenny under pressure to re-appoint Bruton, Varadkar and Coveney

The Fine Gael leader is coming under pressure to seek reconcilliation with three of the party's members who voted against him this week, with all three seen as crucial to the new frontbench.

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FG's O'Dowd: My doubts are gone

One of the Fine Gael TDs who voted against party leader Enda Kenny during this week's failed leadership heave has said he would serve on the front bench again if called to do so.

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Speculation mounts of Noonan elevation to front bench

Speculation is mounting that former Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan may return to the party's front bench.

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Noonan 'willing to serve on FG front bench'

It is reported this morning that former Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan has confirmed he is willing to serve on his party's front bench if asked by party leader Enda Kenny.

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Kenny: Nobody ruled out of front bench

The Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said he will name his new front bench team the week after next.

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FG chairman: Everyone must accept Kenny as leader

The Fine Gael Chairman Padraig McCormack is urging an end to the continued discussion on Enda Kenny's future.

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Kenny likely to offer new position to Bruton

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is expected to send a number of his current frontline team to the backbenches in a new line-up.

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Defiant Kenny calls for party unity

A defiant Enda Kenny tonight vowed to lead Fine Gael into the next General Election after seeing off a leadership heave by his sacked deputy leader Richard Bruton.

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Fine Gael leader wins confidence vote

Enda Kenny has retained the leadership of Fine Gael, the party said today.

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Kenny wins confidence vote

Enda Kenny has won the vote of confidence in his leadership in today's meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.

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Crunch Fine Gael meeting underway

The Fine Gael parliamentary party was today debating Enda Kenny’s future at his leadership showdown in Leinster House.

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Kenny 'has support of majority'

Enda Kenny’s supporters today insisted he had the majority of the party on side ahead of the Fine Gael leadership showdown.

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FG party members gather for vote

Members of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party have begun arriving at Leinster House to decide the fate of the leader of their party

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Kenny faces party showdown

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny faces a showdown with his parliamentary party today when they vote on whether to remove him.

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Kenny clings to leadership as front bench rebel

Enda Kenny was clinging to the leadership of Fine Gael tonight after most of his defunct front bench rebelled against him.

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Bruton urges Kenny to stand down

Richard Bruton this evening made an eleventh hour appeal to Enda Kenny not to go ahead with tomorrow's vote of confidence, and instead to step down as Fine Gael leader.

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Kenny's support further dwindles as Flanagan declares for Bruton

Enda Kenny's position as leader of Fine Gael was coming under increasing pressure this evening as yet more parliamentary party members said they will not be supporting him.

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Bruton: I can unite party

The only challenger for the Fine Gael leadership today insisted he has the experience and skill to unite the divided party and ultimately lead the country.

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O'Donnell confirms defection to Bruton camp

Enda Kenny has suffered a crushing blow this afternoon with confirmation that the man whom he appointed as Caretaker Finance Spokesman only 48 hours ago, has pledged his support to Richard Bruton.

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Blow for Kenny as major player nears defection to Bruton

The acting Finance Spokesman for Fine Gael, appointed by Enda Kenny less than 48 hours ago, is thought to be on the brink of announcing that he supports Richard Bruton in the Fine Gael leadership battle.

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Fine Gael leadership camps scramble for support

Enda Kenny’s supporters and opponents were beginning an intense 24 hours of lobbying today ahead of a confidence vote in the Fine Gael leader.

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Rebel Fine Gael TDs declare no confidence in Kenny

Nine rebel Fine Gael frontbench TDs publicly declared no confidence in embattled leader Enda Kenny today.

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Kenny avoids showdown ahead of 'major reshuffle'

Enda Kenny has avoided a showdown with his front bench today by ending the meeting just minutes after it started.

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Brief Fine Gael meeting ends without conclusion

A meeting of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party to decide on the future of the party's Leadership has just ended, lasting around 30 minutes.

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Battle begins for leadership of Fine Gael

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny and his former deputy Richard Bruton were preparing for the fight of their political lives as the party debates leadership today.

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