Who would you choose as the new leader of Fine Gael?

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny listens to questions during a media conference at

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny listens to questions during a media conference at

"I will retire as leader of Fine Gael effective from midnight tonight", Kenny said, opening the way for a swift leadership contest.

Ireland will have a new prime minister in June after Taoiseach Enda Kenny quit as leader of his party.

Simon Coveney is in Clare today for a number of engagements including the Clare Fine Gael AGM, but his visit here comes as he faces an uphill battle to defeat Leo Varadkar.

He announced past year that he would not lead Fine Gael into another election but has delayed his resignation several times in recent weeks amid discussions about Brexit in Brussels.

Under Fine Gael rules this timeline would facilitate a two-and-a-half week contest, with voting taking place over the bank holiday weekend.

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.

The victor will be announced in Dublin on June 2.

Kenny has been a member of the parliament for west Ireland's County Mayo since 1975, having succeeded his father Henry Kenny. Kenny was recently under pressure from party members dissatisfied with his leadership.

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"I do not wish to be considered for Cabinet by his successor, whoever that may be", Noonan said in a statement.

I will continue to carry out my duties as Minister for Finance until a successor is appointed.

Minister and Donegal TD Joe McHugh has announced he is backing Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to be the next Taoiseach.

Sarah Bardon from the Irish Times political staff says despite Leo Varadkar's lead, the race isn't over yet.

Thanks to Enda Kenny, Fine Gael has an abundance of talented representatives, who have an ever increasing experience of governing.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2011 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin.

"His leadership of Fine Gael since 2002 has brought us to our most successful period in government as the largest party in Dail Eireann for the last two terms", Heydon said.

Fine Gael lawmakers and councillors make up 75 percent of the vote, with ordinary members accounting for the balance.

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