Tuesday 20 February 2018

TIMELINE - How Enda left office

5.47pm: Enda Kenny makes departure speech in which he announces his intention to "inform the President of my resignation from office".

6pm: TDs begin lengthy debate over Sinn Féin's motion to ensure a debate on the abolition of water charges is on the Dáil agenda on March 22.

7.26pm: Government press secretary Feargal Purcell sends the following text message to media outlets: "Folks. áras visit likely this evening. No time yet. A statement will issue from GIS (Government Information Service) once process is complete."

7.50pm: Row continues as Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald questions whether newly elected Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl (pictured below) is "trying to keep water charges off the agenda" in order to protect his party.

7.55pm: Mr Kenny intervenes and insists the March 22 schedule will focus on three issues, as agreed by the party whips.

"The agreement was that there would be statements on the Council of Agriculture Ministers meeting and that there would be statements on housing and homelessness," he tells TDs.

8pm: Mr Kenny remains present in the chamber as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil vote to stick to proposed agenda for Tuesday week.

9.30pm: The Fine Gael leader meets the President in Áras an Uachtaráin - but no arrangements are put in place for media.

10.25pm: Government press office sends out press release which states that Mr Kenny "conveyed to the President his resignation from office".

Irish Independent

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