The day in quotes
"Prejudice has no hold in this Republic." - newly elected Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar.
"This party needs to be stronger from this contest, not in any way divided."
- Housing Minister Simon Coveney
"I have to pay a special tribute to Fionnuala and our family for the many intrusions into our private lives by politics. I could not have done a job I loved without their understanding at all times."
- Taoiseach Enda Kenny
"Leo's speech in which he talked about his life story reflects where our party has come from and more importantly where we want Fine Gael to go."
- Public Expenditure Minister and Varadkar supporter Paschal Donohoe
"Many have expressed their discontent at the way so many members of the parliamentary party so quickly expressed their support publicly. They felt sidelined by the process as it evolved."
- Junior Health Minister and Coveney supporter Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
"Congratulations Leo, now call an election."
- Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams
"Fianna Fáil remains committed to delivering the confidence and supply agreement. We signed up to this because we wanted to restore fairness and decency to society with greater investment in services for people"
- Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin