Here are some of the key questions after Enda Kenny announced he is stepping down. Is he not doing a good job? That's not how he would see it. He is arguably his party's most successful Taoiseach. The longest-serving and the only Fine Gael Taoiseach ever re-elected. He has also presided over a near-miraculous rebound in Ireland's economic fortunes. Everyone must love him? Well ... it is not that simple.
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to step down as leader of his Fine Gael party tonight, clearing the way for Ireland to have a new head of government. In a statement to colleagues in Dublin, Mr Kenny said he was retiring from midnight with his successor to be in place on June 2. "I want to assure people that throughout this internal process, I will continue to carry out my duties and responsibilities as Taoiseach in full," he said.
A State inquiry in the Republic into the biggest property deal in Northern Ireland's history will investigate if dealings between Stormont and Dublin leaders were appropriate. The Irish government has given the go-ahead for a commission of investigation into the Republic's toxic assets agency Nama and its controversial Project Eagle sale. The massive collection of NI property loans, taken on by Nama after the economic crash, was sold to US investment fund Cerberus in April 2014.