The North West reacts to Kenny’s resignation

Local present and former Fine Gael politicians have been reacting to Enda Kenny’s decision to step down as party leader from last night.

People in the region have also been giving their views on his performance as Taoiseach and his impact on decisions that have affected the North West.

The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council has led tributes to Enda Kenny today praising the now-former party leader for the way in which he dealt with the economic crisis that existed in the country when he became Taoiseach.

Fine Gael Councillor Terence Slowley says he turned around what was an unsustainable situation.

This is a view held by many Fine Gael party members in the region including former Sligo Senator Imelda Henry:

In a statement today, sitting Senator Frank Feighan has also paid tribute to him for working hard to restore morale within the party

Former Fine Gael TD John Perry also had kind words for the Taoiseach today.

The former Ballymote TD and Minister of State for Small Business was a TD for nearly 20 years and was often to the forefrunt in standing by Enda Kenny during leadership heaves in recent years.

However, he controversially took a case against the party at the end of 2015 before the 2016 election when he was not added to the Fine Gael ticket for the Sligo Leitrim constituency.

He told Ocean FM today that despite this that the two men remains friends and he has paid tribute to him as a good leader:

Former TD and Senator in Leitrim Gerry Reynolds says that whoever succeeds Kenny will have big boots to fill:

Finally, people in Sligo have been having their say on Mr Kenny’s time as Taoiseach.

These people spoke to Ocean FM News this afternoon: