POLL: Who would you choose as the new leader of Fine Gael?

Enda Kenny has stepped down, so the leadership battle begins: Who would you pick?

Justin Kelly

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POLL: Who would you choose as the new leader of Fine Gael?

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are candidates to replace Enda Kenny

Leo Varadkar

Simon Coveney

FOLLWING confirmation that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stepped down as Fine Gael leader effective from midnight last night, BoyleSports have reported that Leo Varadkar is the firm 2/5 favourite to succeed him as party leader.

Simon Coveney was a one-time favourite for the role, but is currently in Varadkar’s shadow as the 7/4 second favourite. Richard Bruton is also in the running, but at the outside price of 25/1.

Fianna Fail’s Michael Martin is the current 1/2 favourite to be Taoiseach after the next general election with Leo Varadkar next at 9/4 and Simon Coveney priced at 6/1.

Richard Bruton and Simon Harris have ruled themselves out of the running, as has Frances Fitzgerald - meaning the contest is now a two horse race. So who would you vote for between Coveney and Varadkar? 

Aoife Heffron, spokesperson for BoyleSports, said: “With Enda Kenny’s retirement coming into effect, we have seen an influx of bets on Leo Varadkar, who was once priced at 11/10 to take over as Fine Gael leader, but currently heads the betting at the short odds of 2/5.”

She added: “We expect the next 24 hours to be a hectic for our traders as already punters are out in force to have their say on the next Fine Gael leader.”

So, scroll back up and vote for who you would pick as the next Fine Gael leader and likely taoiseach.