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Editorial: Time for FG to get its act together

The fallout from the George Lee resignation continues to reverberate in Fine Gael. A marathon meeting of the FG parliamentary party meeting ended last night with a predictable endorsement and support for Enda Kenny's leadership.

However, there were apparently some critical contributions at the private meeting, with negative comments about Mr Kenny's recent media interviews.

The meeting followed an earlier very public warning from one front bench member that Mr Kenny must raise his game or there would be "obvious consequences".

Another has suggested that Mr Lee's departure was partly influenced by financial gain -- a claim he has angrily denied.

While all of this makes for interesting reading, the public at large has a right to be concerned about the deepening controversy.

Fine Gael, after all, is the only alternative government-in-waiting. It must get its leadership act together -- and quickly.