People in Castlebar say Taoiseach should not be forced out

The people of Enda Kenny’s home town in Mayo believe he should be given more time.

The embattled Taoiseach is under pressure to announce his departure as leader of Fine Gael and the country.

The party appears to be split on when he should go with some saying he should step down following his St. Patrick’s day visit to the White House while others feel he should stay for Brexit talks.

Our reporter Mike Kelly spoke to these people in Castlebar who say that he deserves more time and should not be forced out of the role:

However, Enda Kenny is expected to outline his position to the parliamentary party on Wednesday.

It follows a series of leaks which emerged at the weekend.

Whatsapp messages from within the party appeared to suggest the Health Minister could enter the race, but they prompted Simon Harris to tweet that he has ‘no intention of engaging in idle speculation’.

Two of the other expected candidates, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar, agree Enda Kenny should remain in the position until after his St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House.

Kevin Doyle is Group Political Editor of the Irish Independent: