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Enda Kenny to receive a lump sum payment of €378,000 and an annual pension of €126,000

More declarations for the two contenders -Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar -to be the next leader of Fine Gael are expected today.

Last night the party's national executive outlined how the campaign will run - with hustings and voting to take place around the country.

Last night it was decided that nominations will close tomorrow evening - and no one expects anymore candidates in the race.

From Thursday to Sunday next week there will be four regional debates or hustings - in Dublin, Carlow, Ballinasloe and Cork.

Then between Monday 26th and Thursday June 1st, voting for 235 Councillors and up to 21,000 members will take place at 26 polling stations across the country.

On Friday June 2nd the Parliamentary party will vote, all the votes will be counted and the winner announced.

Meanwhile Enda Kenny’s retirement package was outlined yesterday in the Dail

Enda Kenny will receive a lump sum payment of €378,000 and an annual pension of €126,000.

According to a front page story in today’s Irish Independent, the figures would bring the outgoing Taoiseach's pension pot to over €2m - although he won't be entitled to claim any of it until he retires from the Dáil.

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