The votes will be counted this afternoon
Voting took place at the Lord Bagenal in Leighlinbridge last night for the 12 hundred local members.
Social Protection Minister, Leo Varadkar, and Housing Minister Simon Coveney are the only two contesting
The Barrow centre at IT Carlow will host the Carlow hustings.
A decision on the successor is expected by June 2nd.
John Murphy was speaking ahead of Fine Gael's Parliamentary Party Meeting this evening
Enda Kenny signalled that he would make a decision after his trip to the White House for St Patrick's Day.
There's been renewed pressure on Enda Kenny to step down as leader of Fine Gael