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Kenny to address leadership issue
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Kenny ‘to address leadership issue’

17/05/17Government

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to clarify his political future this evening (17 May) after months of speculation that he is to resign.

Kenny, who has been taoiseach for six years, is set to address questions over his leadership at a meeting of his Fine Gael parliamentary party later.

He has been under pressure to resign from factions within his own party dissatisfied with his leadership.

However, his department has confirmed his travel plans as taoiseach for June.

Irish public service broadcaster, RTÉ, has reported that Kenny will lead a two-day trade mission to the US early next month.

It said he is also due to attend a World War I (WWI) commemoration in Belgium as taoiseach in June.

Kenny’s leadership has been undermined after criticism of his handling of a series of disgraces involving An Garda Síochána (the Irish police force).

A number of inquiries are under way after allegations that senior officers tried to smear a whistle-blower who raised concerns over corruption in how motorists’ penalty points were being recorded.

In February, there had been speculation that Kenny would face a motion of no confidence from his own party.

However, that was avoided after he said he would deal with the question of his leadership “effectively and conclusively” after the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in March.