Process to replace Enda Kenny begins

Fine Gael’s rules committee will meet today to lay out the plan for the election of a new leader.

The National Executive Council will decide when hustings and voting will take place around the country in order for the election to be concluded by June 2nd.

The two leading contenders – Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney will spend the day finalising their campaign launches, while speculation continues that a third candidate may emerge.

Parliamentary Party Chairman, Deputy Martin Heydon says he can’t declare for any candidate:

Meanwhile Fianna Fáil says it’s committed to seeing out the three budget term of Government regardless of who is Taoiseach.

The party’s Barry Cowen- who represents the electorate in Tipperary’s Lower Ormond says a change of Fine Gael leadership won’t affect how the country is run.