‘Kenny’s critics are unpatriotic’
Minister accuses Fine Gael rebels of being 'disingenuous' Leadership row 'weakening Taoiseach in key Brexit talks'
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.