Mansion House, Dublin 2
Counting well underway for the Fine Gael Leadership ballot.
More as they tabulate them.
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We now await the elected members’ vote…
The Broadsheet Live Tracker will return after a quick cig….
At the Mansion House.
Fine Gael’s Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (and Leo Varadkar supporter) Heather Humphreys spoke to Bryan Dobson on RTE News Now.
During the interview:
Dobson: “I mean Nora Owen [former Fine Gael justice minister and Simon Coveney supporter] was saying just a few moments ago that the rush of endorsements, by people like yourself, of Leo Varadkar, at an early stage in all of this, was resented by the membership. They felt that they were being denied their chance to have a say in this campaign. Would you accept that that was perhaps a mistake by the Varadkar camp in those early stages?”
Humphreys: “No, I don’t accept it was a mistake but of course this is a new process and this is the first time that Fine Gael has elected a leader in this way. But I was very clear at the early stages and I absolutely supported Leo as leader of Fine Gael and as our new Taoiseach. And I think I did the right thing because people would be wondering, well what is she, what way is she going to vote? And my members deserve to know exactly where I stood on it and I have consulted with many members before I made my final decision.”
From the Mansion House via RTE
Simon Coveney arrives just before the FG membership vote is announced.
Gerry O’Connell, chairman of the Fine Gael National Executive (above) announces the following tally for the Fine Gael membership, the first electoral college.
Simon Coveney: 7,051
Leo Varadkar: 3,772
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— James Ward (@newswardie) June 2, 2017
Varadkar got 3946 votes. Coveney got 7173.
Yeah. Can’t imagine this having any negative consequences.
— John Handelaar (@handelaar) June 2, 2017