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Enda Kenny snubs calls for him to resign as Taoiseach

By Ed Carty

Published 12/07/2016

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dismissed calls for him to resign early.

After Fine Gael backbencher Brendan Griffin broke ranks and demanded a new leader of the Republic by September, Mr Kenny insisted he had a mandate and a job to complete.

The Taoiseach previously announced he would serve a full term in office but not lead his party into the next election.

At an event in Castlebar, Co Mayo, Mr Kenny ruled out an early departure and said his focus had always been on securing Ireland's future.

"I have no intention of being diverted from that work I have undertaken, and for which I have received a mandate to fulfil," he added. "That's my focus, and my focus is entirely on the future.

"For those who might be interested, I will not be diverted from that task and that duty and that responsibility, which is the mandate given to me by the people."

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris, Education Minister Richard Bruton and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan have all ruled out supporting a leadership heave.

Questions over Mr Kenny's future were sparked by Kerry TD Mr Griffin, who said a new leader would be the only way to stop Fianna Fail forcing another election in the autumn.

He also refused to rule out pushing for a vote of no confidence in Mr Kenny.

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