Monday 24 July 2017

Enda gets flood of abuse down by the Shannon

Enda Kenny arriving to address supporters at the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon last night
Enda Kenny arriving to address supporters at the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon last night

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

FINE GAEL leader Enda Kenny managed to avoid Vincent Browne last night -- but he was subjected to a tirade of abuse at a town hall meeting.

Mr Kenny said he couldn't attend last night's TV3 debate because he had a rally in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, but chaos erupted when an unemployed man shouted at Mr Kenny for five minutes.

Bobby Channels (33), a former road sweeper from Finglas in Dublin, asked Mr Kenny how he would create jobs.

But he told Mr Kenny he could "smell it" off him as the FG leader replied.

"That was a very vague answer you gave me," Mr Channels said. "I told you I was a road sweeper. You weren't listening to it. I can smell it, I can smell it from here, Enda."

Mr Channels also used extremely strong language and criticised Mr Kenny for not debating Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin -- who he described as "a watery rat" -- and Labour's Eamon Gilmore, who he said was a "waffler".

He also claimed Mr Kenny was "cardboard" and said he had taken everyone for fools.

And Mr Kenny's handlers tried to suggest he was a brother of Sinn Fein TD Aengus O'Snodaigh -- a false claim.

Mr Channels travelled to Leitrim for the event with his brother in law, FG party member Terry Ghusto, who took to the stage and apologised on behalf of Mr Channels.

Mr Ghusto said Mr Channels had just lost his job; his sister had emigrated and his father was unwell. He told the crowd Mr Kenny would make a great Taoiseach.

Irish Independent

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