Varadkar v Coveney for the Fine Gael Leadership

The deadline for nominations have passed and there are two confirmed candidates for the job with Minister’s Simon Coveney & Leo Varadkar in the race to replace Enda Kenny as Fine Gael Leader.

How does the process work?

Each of the candidates has been nominated by at least 10% of the Parliamentary Party (PP), comprised of TDs, Senators and MEPs.

The process for electing the next Leader of Fine Gael is defined in Rule 49 of the Fine Gael Constitution and Rules.

The entire election process will be overseen by Fine Gael’s Executive Council.

Will there be debates?

Yes, in four locations across Ireland the party will be holding hustings between the two candidates for party members to question both men.

Who can vote?

You have been a member for two years to vote for the party leader.

Fine Gael for the first time will be electing their leader through an electoral college which consists of the following;  73 members of the Parliamentary Party (PP) accounting for 65% of the total vote, almost 21,000 party members accounting for 25% and 235 local representatives (232 councillors and 3 Údarás na Gaeltachta members) accounting for the remaining 10% of the vote.

State of play at the moment

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs