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Taoiseach: We won't be destabilised by Labour's leadership contest

Enda Kenny was speaking at Leinster House today as Labour prepares to face into a month-long battle to find its new leader.

Enda Kenny speaking to reporters at Leinster House today
Enda Kenny speaking to reporters at Leinster House today
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE TAOISEACH HAS insisted that the stability of government will not be affected by Labour’s month-long leadership contest.

Enda Kenny was speaking at Leinster House today where he welcomed Fine Gael’s newest TD Gabrielle McFadden.

He also said that he would not be bringing forward the planned Cabinet reshuffle until after Labour’s leadership battle is completed.

The process of nominations and voting is likely to take a month with Labour’s new leader, and the likely next Tánaiste, being announced on 4 July.

“There is another matter to be tended to by the Labour Party,” Kenny said today adding “that’s their business and we’ll let them at it”.

He insisted that the stability of the coalition will not be impacted by the contest.

“There’ll be no difficult insofar as stability of the government is concerned,” he said.

“This is very important for the country, for the economy of the country, for growth and jobs and the work that we have started.”

He said that the decisions the government has made in recent years were “very difficult” but added: “We had to make them to restore confidence and stability in our country.” 

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