17 May 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD (Cork South Central) has commented after the decision of Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to stepping down as Fine Gael leader, “I wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his contribution to Irish political life since his first election to Dáil Éireann in 1975, and particularly in his role as Taoiseach and Leader of the Fine Gael party.
“One of the fundamental tenets of our democracy is a commitment to public service and the Taoiseach has more than fulfilled that obligation. He has worked diligently for his county, party and country over a long period of time.
“While over the years we have had our differences on many political and policy issues, I have always appreciated Enda’s decency, good humour and approachability.
“I wish him well after he leaves office and I know that Fionnuala and the children will be happy to have much more time to spend with him in the coming months and years.
“On my own behalf and on behalf of the entire Fianna Fáil Party I would like to acknowledge and thank Enda Kenny for his years of public service and to wish him good health and best wishes in all future endeavours.”