Two Mayo senators support Leo Varadkar in FG leadership battle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny “So is it ok if I go now?”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny “So is it ok if I go now?”

Since then his Fine Gael-lead coalitions have survived years of political turbulence and mass protests against austerity.

In what was described as an emotional parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Kenny is reported to have asked: "Is it OK if I go now?"

Kenny's successor as party leader is set to be elected by June 2 and Noonan may still oversee the flotation of Allied Irish Banks, which he said could happen in the coming weeks, another landmark in the banking sector recovery.

The Fine Gael leadership contest will begin on Thursday, with nominations closing on Saturday.

"I have chose to implement this decision today", Kenny said in a written statement posted on his Twitter account.

He said that like any politicians, Mr Kenny had "his highs and lows" but he praised general his performance over two governments.

Louth Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, has announced he will vote for Simon Coveney.

The Social Protection Minister had been keeping tight-lipped on his plans but revealed he is "humbled" by the support he has received in the campaign so far.

"I will be supporting Coveney", he said.

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Mayo's third Fine Gael senator, John O'Mahony, is reported to be backing Minister Simon Coveney for the post.

Mr Kenny stood down as the party's leader at midnight, but will stay on until his successor is appointed.

Mr Varadkar has already secured the public endorsements of around 35 members of the parliamentary party.

The two frontrunners to succeed Mr Kenny - Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar - also paid tribute.

"He stepped in during one of the worst recessions this country has seen, when we were borrowing more than 50% of what we were taking in, when unemployment was up on 15% and when people were leaving in their droves with no hope".

"Believe it or not it was my proposal back in the late 90s that we should extend the vote of FG leader to members and councillors".

The current housing minister has also been in charge of several portfolios including agriculture and defence.

In distant third is Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, whose odds were at 22/1 last night.

A number of politicians have chosen to back Coveney in this election process, including the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, and Dr. James Reilly, who has chose to step down from his position as deputy leader of the party.

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