Thursday 17 August 2017

FG official resigns in protest over Kenny's leadership

Fionnan Sheahan and Fiach Kelly

A Fine Gael official resigned from his position in the party last night over Enda Kenny's leadership.

Ed O'Leary, the Fine Gael constituency secretary in Carlow-Kilkenny, stepped down at a meeting of the party organisation in Kilkenny last night.

His resignation follows a number of grassroots opponents voicing their opposition to Mr Kenny's leadership. Rebel TDs and senators are claiming the friction shows the Fine Gael grassroots are moving against Mr Kenny.

A number of Fine Gael branches have debated motions of no confidence in Mr Kenny, with some councillors calling on him to resign.

Confidence

At a branch in Waterford, a long-serving councillor was also due to table a motion of no confidence this week. John Carey, who has served on Waterford County Council for 32 years, was due to put down the motion at a meeting of the Woodstown branch.

Another councillor in Carlow, Tom O'Neill, yesterday said Mr Kenny should step aside because the party was "not going anywhere" under him.

The leadership was also discussed at a Cork South-West constituency AGM a fortnight ago, but local councillor Kevin Murphy said he was in favour of Mr Kenny remaining as leader, and claimed other speakers at the meeting felt the same.

Irish Independent

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