‘Kenny’s critics are unpatriotic’
Minister accuses Fine Gael rebels of being 'disingenuous' Leadership row 'weakening Taoiseach in key Brexit talks'
Published 12/07/2016 | 02:30
Fine Gael TDs who publicly criticise Taoiseach Enda Kenny are "unpatriotic" and undermining his ability to negotiate with other EU leaders, a Cabinet minister has said.
As Enda Kenny fended off the first murmurs of a heave since the General Election, Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor rounded on colleagues who have been briefing against him.
The new minister told the Irish Independent: "In terms of Brexit, it's important that Enda Kenny has a really strong hand when he is going to negotiate with EU ministers and also with Theresa May when she becomes UK Prime Minister. I think it's really disingenuous at this point in time to be out there [criticising him]. I think it's actually unpatriotic."
Similarly, Michael Noonan said: "We're on the cusp of another crisis and his skills in crisis management and his international contacts are very, very important."
They were speaking ahead of a meeting between Mr Kenny and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today.
Kerry TD Brendan Griffin went public to call for the Taoiseach to resign before the Budget - but his call was not echoed by a single TD.