Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar described him as an "extraordinary Taoiseach and Fine Gael's most successful leader ever". "This country needs a leader for the 21st century and Leo is that person".
Mayo's third Fine Gael senator, John O'Mahony, is reported to be backing Minister Simon Coveney for the post. He has a very tough job at the moment as Minister for Housing.
While Noonan and Kenny have been widely praised for their management of the economy, their Fine Gael party lost a quarter of its seats at elections a year ago as voters complained they were not feeling the recovery.
Minister of State Paul Kehoe, Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd and Sligo TD Tony McLoughlin have also confirmed their support for Mr Varadkar.
But Minister Coveney says despite this the campaign isn't over yet.
Mr Coveney dismissed the idea of cutting short the contest and said he has never lost an election.
This is important as the 73 TDs, senators and MEPs who are members of the parliamentary party have a 65% share of the overall vote with party members having 25% and councillors 10%.
"I will be supporting Coveney", he said.
"I hope now Leo goes on to win this Fine Gael contest and help lead our country after the enormous progress of this Government over the past six years".
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