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Thursday 18 September 2014

All smiles despite FG poll drop

Published 22/04/2014 | 02:30

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Galway sisters Rachel and Miriam Hastings got up close and personal with Enda Kenny at Fairyhouse

HIS party has dropped in the opinion polls, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny was given a proper Hollywood welcome at day two of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

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The Fine Gael leader arrived ahead of the Boylesports Irish Grand National Steeplechase and was greeted by dozens of waiting punters.

When asked about Fine Gael's drop in the latest opinion polls, Mr Kenny declined to comment.

"Our job is a double mandate – fix the public finances and get the country working – that's the government initiative," he said.

"That's heading in the right direction. It's never easy. You go into this job with your eyes wide open. You get squally weather and fine weather, you just have to take it as it comes."

He also spoke about the prospect of a royal visit for the centenary of the 1916 Rising. "These things are all a matter of appropriateness and protocol and I wouldn't like to speculate on what might happen in the sense of participation by members of the royal family."

Meanwhile, Galway sisters Rachel and Miriam Hastings got up close and personal with the statesman, kissing his cheek for the cameras in real red-carpet style.

Irish Independent

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