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Simon Coveney, is one of the contenders to be the next Taoiseach. BOTH of Co Clare's Fine Gael TDs remain on the fence in the leadership contest, despite a visit to their constituency by Simon Coveney this afternoon. There were awkward scenes as Mr Coveney was asked by reporters if he knew which way junior minister Pat Breen and Joe Carey would vote in the battle between him and Leo Varadkar . Mr Coveney said: "I don't expect them to declare right here. I'm not going to be putting people under pressure in the spotlight of the media.". Neither Mr Breen nor Mr Carey have declared who they will back in the race and and they remained silent while standing beside Mr Coveney as he was being asked questions. Full story

19 May