Sunday 22 September 2019

'I'll talk to my party soon' - Enda Kenny dodges leadership question in Irish

Mr Kenny refused to take any questions in English about his future

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Tom Burke
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will "talk to my party soon" after once again being questioned about his leadership plans.

Mr Kenny responded to the question in Irish and tiptoed around the topic, refusing to take any further questions about his leadership in English.

He was speaking at a press conference in the headquarters of the European Council in Brussels on Saturday following a one-day summit on Brexit negotiations between the EU and UK.

Mr Kenny said EU leaders had noted it was the final summit that would be attended by the French president, Francois Holland.

"As for myself, as I’ve said, I’ll be talking to my party soon on this," he said in Irish.

The Taoiseach had previously outlined how he would make his intentions "very clear" once he was happy with the ground rules laid by Brexit negotiations.

It is expected the Fine Gael leader will announce his plans to step down in the coming weeks.

He is due to fly to Canada for an official visit next week and will not be in attendance at the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting on Wednesday evening.

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