Wednesday 23 August 2017

Enda 'got help for interview'

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Enda Kenny was being secretly guided through a major interview on the economy and banking crisis last week by his chief spin doctor.

Mr Kenny was quite clearly being prompted during an interview on RTE's 'News At One' with Sean O'Rourke, just after he announced he would be tabling a motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen after the publication of the banking reports.

During the interview, the voice of Fine Gael communications director Ciaran Conlon can be heard in the background whispering to Mr Kenny.

But the recording of the programme quite clearly proves Mr Kenny being prompted when Mr O'Rourke asks: "What I think you are actually saying is, it was okay for Fine Gael to promise tax cuts in the last election but not for Fianna Fail?"

In the background, Mr Conlon is heard whispering to Mr Kenny: "Benchmarking." Mr Kenny duly acts upon this prompt and cites his party's stance on benchmarking: "It's ... it's ... it's eight years ago, Sean, since people laughed at me when I said you cannot afford benchmarking in the current process that goes on here."

Mr Conlon insisted he did not prompt the party leader. "I don't know anything about it," he said.

Irish Independent

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