HE was heavily criticised last week for refusing to debate the referendum on the future of the Seanad.
Now Enda Kenny is running scared again – from a Cork teenager who once got the better of him when he was on the election trail.
The Taoiseach was offered a front-row seat at tonight's premiere of the eagerly awaited documentary about Joanne O'Riordan at Cork Opera House.
But the 17-year-old, who was born without limbs, revealed yesterday that Mr Kenny has turned down her invitation.
Joanne, from Millstreet, Co Cork, famously tackled Mr Kenny when he was canvassing and made him promise not to take money from the disabled.
She later forced the Government into a U-turn on its controversial decision to cut disability allowances for 16-year-olds.
But her film-maker brother, Steven, who made the documentary called No Limbs, No Limits, said the inspirational Joanne was not too upset at the Taoiseach's snub.
He said: "The lads from the Cork gaelic football team are coming to it. Joanne's a huge fan, so that means a lot to her. And we've just had word that Grammy Award-winning singer Julie Gold is flying in too."
Meanwhile, the film, which chronicles Joanne's extraordinary life, may be screened in cinemas across Ireland and even abroad as early as next month.
Steven, who spent the past two years making the film, expects to learn next week if the €100,000 documentary will be released nationwide. Executives from Element Pictures, Ireland's biggest film distributor, will watch the 75-minute movie tomorrow and make a decision.
But Steven said he had wider ambitions, and hoped they would find the story of his sister – one of only seven people in the world with Total Amelia Syndrome – powerful enough to give it an international release.
Steven said: "It's a very powerful story and I believe it could work in any country. Joanne's story is amazing, but it all hinges on how my documentary is received. All technical elements of it will be studied and it will be the quality of the film that determines how widely it'll be distributed."
However, he admits the audience he most hopes to impress are his sister and parents, who are waiting until tonight to see the film for the first time.
Steven conducted and filmed an emotional interview with his mother and father, Ann and Joe, for the documentary, in which he got them to open up for the first time about the moment they first learned of Joanne's condition and the challenges they faced after she were born.
The film includes Joanne's address to a UN conference in New York last year, and footage of her recent meeting with 28-year-old British woman Tina Stark, who also has Total Amelia Syndrome.
It also charts the collaborative progress of some of the world's leading technical experts in building Joanne a robot to help her with her day-to-day life.
Steven added: "Since Joanne and I went on The Late Late Show last week, things have gone crazy. She now has 30,000 followers on social media and people have been contacting us from around the country asking when the film will be in the cinemas. So the early signs are very good. There's also been a huge demand for tickets to the premiere, and Cork Opera House has had to open up extra stalls."
To book tickets, see www.corkoperahouse.ie