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Varadkar has massive lead over Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll

The results also show less than half of the party’s supporters believe Enda Kenny should remain as party leader.

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SOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER and Fine Gael TD Leo Varadkar has steamed ahead of Simon Coveney as the probable next leader of his party.

In the latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Milward Brown opinion poll, Fine Gael supporters moved away from the housing minister, with strong backing for Varadkar.

The poll puts support for him at 39%, now 14 points ahead of Coveney who is in second place with 25%.

In a similar poll in June, there was a four point gap between the two TDs.

The results also show less than half of the party’s supporters believe Enda Kenny should remain as party leader.

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