CONFIRMED: Enda Kenny will step down as Fine Gael Leader tonight
Enda Kenny has announced that he will step down as leader of the Fine Gael Party on Wednesday night.
Kenny will remain as Taoiseach in an acting capacity until his successor is elected though the Fine Gael leadership process.
In a statement, Kenny said:
"Last year I indicated that I would not lead the Fine Gael Party into the next General Election. I have decided to implement that decision from today. Therefore I will retire as Leader of Fine Gael effective from midnight tonight 17th May 2017.
"I will continue to carry out my duties as Part 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 2nd June."
You can read the statement in full below...