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Saturday 29 April 2017

Fine Gael leader wins confidence vote

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

Chairman Padraic McCormack revealed that a motion of confidence in Mr Kenny, put forward by himself, was carried by the 70-strong parliamentary party.

Mr Kenny had lost the support of the majority of his front bench and is expected to reshuffle his Shadow Cabinet next Monday.

Mr McCormack refused to disclose the margin of Mr Kenny's victory.

He said only himself and Senator Paschal Donohoe knew the result of the ballot and both had been sworn to secrecy.

The chairman said the leadership heave, instigated by Mr Kenny's former number two, was now closed.

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