Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she is giving serious consideration to entering the Fine Gael leadership race. 

Speaking at an event in Dublin this morning, Ms Fitzgerald said she will give it consideration over the next few weeks.

Responding to a question from a member of the audience at the Planet Woman Academy event in the RDS, she said while she will consider it, but added: "Sometimes people want a generational change."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said earlier this week he will deal with the leadership issue after the EU Council meeting on 29 April.

He told the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party he had two priorities: Northern Ireland and the need for certainty.

Mr Kenny also told the party that he wanted to leave strong foundations at the commencement of the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Kenny said he knows what he wants to do with regard to the leadership and there will be an orderly transition.