A major group representing Dublin businesses has congratulated Enda Kenny on his “successful term of office” following the Taoiseach’s announcement to retire as party leader on Wednesday night.
Mr Kenny said he will remain on as Taoiseach until a new leader of Fine Gael is elected.
Publishing his intentions on twitter, Mr Kenny asked that the process of finding a replacement be concluded by close of business on 2 June.
Congratulating the Taoiseach, Dublin Chamber said Mr Kenny’s tenure had witnessed the rebuilding of Ireland’s economy and the strengthening of its reputation in Europe.
It said the focus of Ireland’s next leader must be to prepare the country for Brexit and to protect tax competitiveness.
Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: “Enda Kenny has been a good supporter of Dublin and of business during his time in office. We wish him well as he continues his long and accomplished career in Dáil Eireann.”
The Chamber called for the next Taoiseach to prioritise a dramatic increase in capital investment in order to remedy infrastructure bottlenecks and prepare for future growth.
Minister for Social Protection Leo Vardakar and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney have already launched their campaigns for the position.