Kenny to clarify his political future at party meeting
Irish Sun - Thursday 18th May, 2017
Kenny has been Taoiseach for six years ow
Kenny will address questions over his leadership at Fine Gael meeting
He faces pressure to resign from factions within his own party
DUBLIN, Ireland - Ending months of speculation regarding the future of Fine Gael leadership, Taoiseach Enda Kenny is finally planning to issue a clarification.
For months, speculations have been rife that Kenny would be stepping down.
In February this year, speculations were that Kenny would face a motion of no confidence from his own party.
He had earlier indicated that he would deal with the question of his leadership “effectively and conclusively” post his St.Patrick’s Day visit to the U.S. in March.
However, with the U.K. triggering Brexit and political scenario in the Northern Ireland changing - Kenny’s clarification was withheld.
Now, reports note that Kenny, who has been Taoiseach for six years, will offer the much-awaited plan for the future and address questions over his leadership at a meeting of his Fine Gael parliamentary party later.
Over the last few months, Kenny has been under pressure to resign from factions within his own party that are dissatisfied with his leadership.
Further, his leadership has been undermined following widespread criticism of his handling of a series of scandals involving An Garda Síochána.
With multiple inquiries under way, senior officers are facing allegations that they tried to smear a whistleblower who raised concerns over corruption in how motorists' penalty points were being recorded.
Meanwhile, his department has confirmed his travel plans as Taoiseach for June.
In a report, Irish public service broadcaster, RTE noted that Kenny will lead a two-day trade mission to the United States early next month.
Further, the report pointed out that Kenny is also due to attend a World War One commemoration in Belgium as Taoiseach in June.
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