Enda Kenny to announce his retirement as leader of Fine Gael from midnight tonight…

Have I misremembered a pledge to tell the Dail before the papers and the news organisations from some time ago. However, it seems that Enda Kenny will resign as leader of Fine Gael effective from Midnight tonight…

It’s being reported he will stay on as Taoiseach until early to mid June…

And here’s the man himself…

…I will retire as Leader of Fine Gael effective from midnight tonight, 17th May 2017.

I will continue to carry out my duties as Party Leader in an acting capacity, until my successor is elected through the Fine Gael Leadership election process.

I have asked that the Fine Gael Executive Council expedite this process and to have it concluded by close of business on Friday June 2nd.

I want to assure people that throughout this internal process, I will continue to carry out my duties and responsibilities as Taoiseach in full.

I intend to provide a brief but appropriate period for my successor to engage with groups and members supportive of Government, and with other Parties in the Dáil regarding provision of Government for the future.

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