Speaking following the announcement of the resignation of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD as leader of Fine Gael, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said:
“We’d like to thank Enda Kenny for his service as Taoiseach over the last six and a half years, and wish him well for the future. We commend him for stepping aside as leader of Fine Gael with a speedy process in place to have his successor selected by the 2nd of June.
“The Fine Gael leadership process must be immediately followed by the appointment of Enda Kenny’s successor as Fine Gael leader as the new Taoiseach ahead of the crucial European Council meeting of June 22nd, where items of critical importance to Ireland regarding the Brexit process will be discussed and decided. Whoever attends this Council meeting must do so with the mandate of Dáil Éireann. Whoever attends must do so with their administration up and running as fully as possible. Ireland is facing a time of huge uncertainty and historic challenges – Enda Kenny’s successor must begin to tackle them as early as possible.”