Kenny survives confidence vote

As RTÉ reports

Enda Kenny has survived the vote of confidence as leader of Fine Gael.

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Padraic McCormack said the motion was carried after a very thorough and full debate.

He said the decision had been made not to disclose the vote results and that the ballot papers would be ‘shredded’.

Mr McCormack said the party was damaged in the short-term but will recover and will come stronger out of this episode.

The problem is, as Miriam Lord noted in the Irish Times

“The thing is, whoever wins will start out as leader with about seven knives in his back,” said a grizzled Fianna Fáiler.