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Donegal's Minister pays tribute to Taoiseach Kenny

Donegal's Minister pays tribute to Taoiseach Kenny Donegal's Minister pays tribute to Taoiseach Kenny
Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 16:16

Varadkar's rival Simon Coveney, 44, fits the more traditional profile of a Fine Gael leader. Following this he was the Minister for Defence between 2014 and 2016.

"He understands, as he said last week, the unique circumstances of Donegal, cut off from the rest of the North for most of the last century by partition, and cut off geographically and in other ways from the rest of the State".

It's as there's been a groundswell of support in the west and northwest for Minister Leo Varadkar to succeed Enda Kenny.

The victor will be announced in Dublin on June 2.

Callinan said on Tuesday that one of the areas being examined was a potential exemption from European Union state aid rules, enabling Ireland to provide financial support to some companies adversely affected by Brexit.

The election of the openly gay Varadkar would be a generational and social change for the nation.

However, those campaigning for Mr Coveney, who has around 20 supporters so far in the parliamentary party, believe another 20 are undecided. "I am absolutely confident that he has the qualities needed to ultimately be taoiseach at an exciting time".

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Prime minister since 2011 and leader of his party for nearly 15 years, Kenny is expected to be replaced by either Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar, 38, the bookmakers' favorite, or Housing Minister Simon Coveney, 44. Then they have to convince parliamentary party members they're the right person for the job.

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan has revealed he will stand down when the new Fine Gael takes over. He was first been returned as a TD, for Limerick, in 1981.

There are two strong candidates in the race, and I know that neither will let the competition become divisive for the party or the country. The show of strength from Mr Varadkar was a clear attempt to gain the early momentum and lure undecided TDs and senators to his camp. However, some of these have yet to publicly declare their hand.

In a statement released after the meeting Mr Heydon said: "Under Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, we saw a devastated economy repaired, long ignored social issues addressed, and the rebirth of a self-confident Ireland".

Under the electoral college system of weighted votes, Mr Varadkar has secured 31 per cent of potentially available support, with Mr Coveney on 17 per cent. However Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has not yet ruled herself out of contention.

Fine Gael, deputy leader James Reilly said he believes Mr Kenny has "proven himself to be one of the outstanding politicians of this century and the last".

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