The leader of Fine Gael on Dublin City Council Dr Bill Tormey has posted an article to his website saying Enda Kenny should resign as leader of Fine Gael and be the party's candidate for President.
The article was originally written by Matt Cooper in today's Irish Examiner. Cllr Tormey's website has published the text into a post on his own site.
The op-ed by Matt Cooper says that Enda resigning as leader and running for President would solve problems for "him, his party and for this country".
The article goes on to say that there are many in FG who still wish Kenny to go but that if he goes and doesn't have another job, he may become an embarassment like Bertie Ahern has.
In a seperate blog post on his site, Tormey refers to the same piece by Cooper saying the refrain about Enda Kenny is gathering pace.
Cllr Tormey was a vocal supporter of Enda Kenny back in June during the heave, the publication of Cooper's article on his website has raised alarm amongst many senior Fine Gaelers tonight.Matt Cooper’s musings in the Irish Examiner on the Enda Kenny issue are interesting. Enda has worked magnificently for years and does not deserve the shredding he got recently in the Sunday Independent. But as a putative Taoiseach, there is a public interest in Enda that transends the interests of Fine Gael. I hear it everywhere I go. It is the same refrain for years only gathering pace. Can Mark Mortell change the game? This is a very serious issue for Ireland.
Politics.ie spoke with Cllr Tormey tonight who confirmed he'd posted the article to the site. In a long discussion, Cllr Tormey said that he personally supported Enda Kenny, but he believed that the people weren't behind him, saying that "the economy and the country have to transcend one man".
Cllr Tormey told Politics.ie that there were some elements of Fine Gael, including the backroom that were in denial of the likely outcome of the election. When asked what he thought that likely outcome was, Cllr Tormey told Politics.ie that he believed Fine Gael would lose seats if a General Election was held before Christmas.