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Friday 9 December 2016

'I've no issue with Enda Kenny' - Fergus O’Dowd pledges support for embattled Fine Gael leader

Elaine Keogh

Published 27/02/2016 | 23:17

Fergus O'Dowd TD
Fergus O'Dowd TD

Louth Fine Gael deputy Fergus O’Dowd has said he has "no issue with the leadership of Enda Kenny at this time."

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Along with deputy Peter Fitzpatrick, he is hoping to retain his seat in Louth.

The polls suggest that Peter Fitzpatrick could take the seat at the expense of Labour Minister Ged Nash.

Deputy O’Dowd said that if Fine Gael keeps its 2 seats, on 19.5 pc of the vote, it will be a "fantastic achievement."

It would show "the vote management that we did and show how the party has worked night and day to do it.

"If it happens it really is a great feather in the cap for Fine Gael.

In relation to the party’s national performance he said: "Obviously it is very disappointing that we were so far behind in some areas. 

"I think the people have made their decision and we must accept it and we must work with it.”

He said, ‘I would have some significant concerns about going into government with the party that wrecked the country but obviously there are other results we don’t know about.”

He said that 6 members of the Fianna Fail front bench had already said they would consider going into government with Sinn Fein.

He does not believe that the people want another election and ‘they have left the political system with some very difficult questions to answer and we must be pragmatic to find solutions to them.’

’In Louth if we win the 2 seats, that is a big feather in our cap and I hope the Taoiseach of the day will look kindly on us this time again.’

Asked if it is time for a new leader of Fine Gael, he said, ‘I have no issue with the leadership of Enda Kenny at this time.’

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