Wednesday 24 January 2018

Crucial two days for feuding FG

What's going to happen today?

Both the Kenny and Bruton camps will be working the phones to contact any wavering TDs or senators to ensure their support. Both will be hoping for further public declarations of support from those who have not shown their hand so far -- particularly the likes of Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan.

  • What will happen at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting tomorrow?

Enda Kenny will seek to have a motion of confidence in himself passed by the parliamentary party, which is made up of 51 TDs, 15 senators and four MEPs. He says that he has the support of a majority of the party to fend off Richard Bruton's leadership challenge. Mr Bruton's camp claims that they have the numbers.

  • How will the vote be conducted?

By secret ballot, overseen by Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Padraic McCormack.

  • What if Kenny wins the vote?

He will survive as leader of Fine Gael. But the crucial factor will be the margin of his victory. If it is only a narrow win, he will run the risk of further leadership "heaves" from Mr Bruton and other members if there are poor results for Fine Gael in future opinion polls.

Irish Independent

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