Donegal's Minister pays tribute to Taoiseach Kenny
May 20, 2017, 00:42
The announcement came a day after Kenny said he would quit, kicking off a succession contest that was confirmed as a race between two younger ministers after other potential candidates stepped aside and colleagues began to pick sides.
Deputy Fitzpatrick has said that he would be backing the current Housing Minister to succeed Enda Kenny as party leader and Taoiseach, describing him on local radio as "the whole package".
Simon Coveney is in Clare today for a number of engagements including the Clare Fine Gael AGM, but his visit here comes as he faces an uphill battle to defeat Leo Varadkar.
Earlier on Friday Fine Gael leadership challenger Simon Coveney admitted that the momentum is with Mr Varadkar but rejected any suggestion of conceding.
"I will continue to carry out my duties as party leader in an acting capacity until my successor is elected", the 66-year-old said.
In another significant development that further signalled generational change within Fine Gael, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced he would not seek a place in the next cabinet and would not stand at the next election.
Since he was first elected as TD, his career as Fine Gael leader has been a series of ups and downs.
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Despite these warnings from the U.S., North Korean officials have not shown any signs of stepping back from their nuclear tests. Officials and experts, however, claimed that no nation has mastered the necessary technology to follow through with the threat.
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"I want to lead a party and a country that can heal numerous divisions that have opened up over the last decade or so".
Unsettled colleagues are banking on a new leader reviving their fortunes after falling marginally behind rivals Fianna Fail in most surveys. So who would you vote for between Coveney and Varadkar?
He told his party he would remain as leader for a "brief but appropriate period" to facilitate a leadership contest.
"Whoever takes over from Enda Kenny will be the person who has to protect Irish interests during the very delicate Brexit negotiations". No one deserves it more.
He is the first Fine Gael leader to win re-election to office. "I have chose to implement that decision today", Kenny said in a statement.
This is important as the 73 TDs, senators and MEPs who are members of the parliamentary party have a 65% share of the overall vote with party members having 25% and councillors 10%.
In the ballot, nine out of ten voiced support for action short of a strike, while nearly four out of five backed strikes. The RCN has warned that low pay is partly responsible for tens of thousands of unfilled posts.
Chelsea has taken the trophy off Leicester, which astonishingly won the title last season but collapsed this year and is now 11th. His first goal moved him past Cha Bum-Kun to become the highest-scoring South Korean player in a European season.
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Other firms in the US, China, Germany, and the Netherlands have been attempting to develop flying cars. It has a projected top speed of 62 miles per hour while traveling about 30 feet above the ground.
It has conducted its fifth nuclear test and a series of missile launches since the start of past year , ratcheting up tension. Moon has previously expressed ambivalence over the THAAD system and told Xi he was "well aware" of Chinese concerns about it.
Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers on his 83rd birthday, his first since voicing a desire to abdicate . The legislation is necessary because Japan's Imperial House Law does not provide for the emperor to step down.
Op Gen Oorth said Monday it was still "a bit early too say who is behind it, but we are working on a decrypting tool". The city of Osaka said its home page went blank, although problems had not been detected otherwise.
SoftBank paid more than $20 billion to take control of Sprint in 2012 and has struggled to turn the US carrier around. Shares of both Sprint and T-Mobile were up more than 2 percent Wednesday morning on the news.
Mortgage Rates Take a Slight Drop
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Islamic State slays scores of civilians in Syria
Syria's state news agency SANA said troops and pro-government gunmen repelled the IS attack on villages in Hama province. The two villages are home to members of several religious minority sects, and Al-Mabujeh has been targeted by IS before.
GOP senator: North Korea missile test 'one of most advanced yet'
United States officials said the missile hit the water around 60 miles (around 100 kilometers) from eastern Russia's Vladivostok. The Korean Central News Agency has called North Korea's new missile a "ground to ground medium to long-range ballistic missile".
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Cabrera Bello threw his 8-iron high in the air, and it went into the water, though at least it could be retrieved. Now he has a platform upon which to build for the rest of the year having returned to the world's top 100.