Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell calls for Enda Kenny to step down
Fine Gael backbencher Alan Farrell has broken ranks to demand Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands down.
Mr Farrell is the first of the party's TDs to launch a direct attack on the leadership and described Mr Kenny's position as untenable.
"Unfortunately, I no longer have confidence in the ability of Enda Kenny TD to lead Fine Gael," he said.
Mr Farrell, TD for Dublin Fingal, spoke out amid deepening pressure from within the party's own ranks for the Taoiseach to name the date when he will step down as head of government.
"I wish to acknowledge Enda Kenny's unwavering commitment to public service and to working in the best interests of our society and the Irish public," Mr Farrell said.
"While I sincerely thank An Taoiseach for the work he has done in rebuilding our party since becoming leader in 2002 and even more so for his incredible stewardship of the country since 2011, I believe it is now time for him to step aside and allow a new leader, with a fresh approach, to lead us into the future."