A Kerry TD has denied his calls for a new leader of Fine Gael is sour grapes as a result of being overlooked for a ministry.
Deputy Brendan Griffin issued a statement this morning urging Enda Kenny to step down and a new leader be in place before the Dail returns from the summer recess.
Although he says he has an idea of who he would like to be the next leader he says he will consult with his supporters before publicly backing any candidate.
The TD says there is a very high risk of a General Election in the Autumn especially given that Fianna Fail is doing well in the polls and Fine Gael is not election ready.
Deputy Griffin says he hasn’t met any Fine Gael supporter in Kerry so far who disagrees with his outlook:
Meanwhile, Kerry Fianna Fail Deputy John Brassil has rejected Deputy Brendan Griffin claims that the party could engineer a General Election on the back of strong opinion polls.
Deputy Brassil says Fianna Fail are behaving responsibly and have entered into an agreement that they will support three budgets.
The TD says he takes no notice of opinion polls: