Wednesday 23 August 2017

The Kenny rebel count grows - as the others wait on

Noel Rock Picture: Tom Burke
Noel Rock Picture: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Alan Farrell (39), a TD for Dublin Fingal since 2011, has called for Enda Kenny to step down, saying his position is "untenable".

This followed a warning from party vice-chairman Pat Deering (50), TD for Carlow-Kilkenny, that a motion of no confidence will be moved next Wednesday if he fails to outline when he will step down.

Noel Rock (29), pictured left, a Dáil newcomer for Dublin North West, has also called on Mr Kenny to outline his exit strategy.

Others who have urged that the issue should be addressed in the recent past include Michael D'Arcy (46), a long-time TD and senator for Wexford.

Brendan Griffin (34), a TD for Kerry since 2011, led the charge last summer and again in September, warning an election could happen any time.

So too has John Paul Phelan (38), a TD for Carlow-Kilkenny since 2011, who also urged that the leadership succession be tackled.

Kate O'Connell TD Picture: David Conachy
Kate O'Connell TD Picture: David Conachy

Kate O'Connell (37) another first-time TD, from Dublin Bay South, also expressed doubts about Mr Kenny's value as a Brexit negotiator. Other recent critics include former junior minister Fergus O'Dowd (68) of Louth and Jim Daly (44) of Cork South-West.

John Deasy (49) of Waterford has been at odds with Enda Kenny since 2004 and is a renowned dissident.

Irish Independent

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