FG plans to limit role of Kenny in election
Fine Gael strategists plan to limit Taoiseach Enda Kenny's public role in the run-up to the General Election amid fears he is increasingly a liability in the eyes of voters.
Mr Kenny's leadership has been brought into sharp focus as senior figures in Fine Gael admit his handling of controversies has damaged the party's electoral prospects.
Coalition figures are frustrated at not getting the recognition for the economic recovery because of a series of debacles associated with Mr Kenny.
Senior strategists privately say Mr Kenny's prominence in the General Election will be "downplayed" amid concern his reputation has become toxic with the electorate.
Instead, ministers such as Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Simon Harris will take centre stage in the campaign.
"We need to ensure the focus is solely on what Fine Gael can deliver in the future and not on controversies surrounding the Taoiseach," a senior Government figure told the Irish Independent.