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Enda Kenny has officially announced his resignation

Speaking on Mr Kenny's decision to step down as Fine Gael leader, Adams said: "He and I disagree on many political issues, but I acknowledge that he did his best from his perspective".

The Cork South Central TD, who is now the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, is expected to contest the election to become leader of the Fine Gael party with the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar; an announcement is expected from Minister Varadkar later today.

"In 2011, Mr Kenny came to power with the largest majority in the history of the state".

Mr Durkan said: "I was in personal contact with Enda Kenny throughout his recent judicious efforts as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement to ensure that the singular integrity of the principle of consent is sealed into the future framework for EU-UK relations". "I thank all our members, past and present, for that privilege".

Mr Coveney launched his bid for the Fine Gael leadership today with declarations from ministers Simon Harris, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Damien English and David Stanton.

While Noonan and Kenny have been widely praised for their management of the economy, their Fine Gael party lost a quarter of its seats at elections past year as voters complained they were not feeling the recovery.

The father of the Dail leaves a legacy of steering the Republic out of a crippling recession, albeit with an agenda of austerity.

Referring to his own unsuccessful heave against Mr Kenny in 2010, Mr Bruton warned against any type of campaign that leaves "hurt and division" within the party ranks.

"I want to see who will negotiate the best deal for Ireland on Brexit", she said.

Kenny also said it had been a "huge honor and privilege" for him to have led the party for the past 15 years. I have chose to implement that decision today.

Micheal Martin, the Fianna Fáil leader, described his rival as decent. "He has worked diligently for his county, party and country over a long period of time", he said.

The veteran politician's resignation follows more than six years at the head of government.

Minister Michael Creed may be a cause for concern in the Coveney camp, but it is believed that he will end up backing his Cork colleague, while Cork South West TD Jim Daly is expected to break ranks and back Mr Varadkar.


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