Saturday 25 November 2017

'It's up to the electorate who they want to elect as next Taoiseach' - Paschal Donohoe on Enda Kenny's intention to remain as Taoiseach after 2021 election

04/08/15 Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohue T.D pictured attending the launch of the main Luas track laying works on O Connell Street Dublin this morning? Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
04/08/15 Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohue T.D pictured attending the launch of the main Luas track laying works on O Connell Street Dublin this morning? Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

TRANSPORT Minister Paschal Donohoe has said he will support Taoiseach Enda Kenny's leadership as long as he retains his current “ambition and drive”.

Mr Donohoe was responding to comments by Government chief whip Paul Kehoe who said he would like to see Mr Kenny continue as Taoiseach beyond 2020.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Mr Donohoe was less supportive of the idea when asked this morning and insisted the decision of who will be the next Taoiseach rests with the electorate.

“It’s a matter for the people, first and foremost, who they want to elect as the next Taoiseach, and it is a matter then for who the next Taoiseach is for how long they remain in office,” he said.

Pushed on whether he would like Mr Kenny to remain as leader of Fine Gael for 10 more years, Mr Donohoe said: “As long as Enda retains the ambition and drive to continue as leader of Fine Gael I will absolutely support him in that role.”

He said the person who will decide how long Mr Kenny remains leader of Fine Gael is the Taoiseach himself.

Mr Donohoe also said he is “strongly” in favour of a voting pact with the Labour Party ahead of the next general election.

Mr Kehoe also said an election pact between the Coalition partners is likely.

However, a large proportion of Labour TDs are vehemently against such a move.

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