Enda Kenny concedes he won’t be re-elected Taoiseach on Thursday

Enda Kenny2Enda Kenny has accepted he won’t be re-elected as Taoiseach on Thursday. Meanwhile the Independent TD Shane Ross says he stands over his claim that Mr Kenny is the equivalent of a “political corpse”. Sinn Féin says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to do a deal and govern together to deal with issues like the homeless crisis and people on trolleys in hospitals. With most parties now agreeing that no Government will be elected on Thursday, there’s an air of calm around Leinster House. The Taoiseach’s in Brussels for an emergency summit on the refugee crisis, but Enda Kenny admitted to reporters there he’d fail to be re-elected Taoiseach on Thursday. In the meantime other parties and groupings are meeting – the Independent Alliance met at length with Fianna Fáil. Speaking afterwards, Dublin Rathdown TD Shane Ross stood by his description of Enda Kenny in a newspaper column yesterday as a “political corpse”. And he seemed to suggest the Fianna Fáil leader is in a stronger position. Sinn Féin admits it didn’t get a mandate from the people to go into Government with anyone. Deputy David Cullinane says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have a mandate for a coalition together. So little or no progress on any Government formation today, and parties and independents continue to discuss choices for Ceann Comhairle – that election will be the first job of the 32nd Dáil on Thursday.