Friday 17 November 2017

FG TD says leadership issue must be tackled 'within six to eight weeks'

John Paul Phelan
John Paul Phelan
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A Fine Gael backbencher has said the party needs to address the leadership issue within the next six-eight weeks.

Carlow/Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan today said Enda Kenny should be replaced in the “near future” because an early general election is likely.

Mr Phelan told KCLR Live that the Government is in a “precarious position” and that Fine Gael TDs need to “act”.

Asked by presenter John Masterson when this should happen, Mr Phelan replied: "Within six to eight weeks."

"I do think there should be a new leader of Fine Gael in the near future because we will probably have another general election in the near future," Mr Phelan said.

The remarks came as Mr Kenny prepares to face his TDs and senators at tonight’s meeting of the parliamentary party.

There is speculation within Leinster House that Mr Kenny will be told to spell out his exit strategy and a timeframe for his departure.

Senior ministers Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Simon Harris met in the members’ bar last night as the fallout from the controversy surrounding whistleblower Maurice McCabe continues.

While sources said the leadership was not discussed, all three ministers are understood to have been approached by TDs and senators deeply concerned about Mr Kenny’s leadership.

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