Wednesday 18 January 2017

Lucinda's U-turn as she backs Kenny

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Enda Kenny supporting Lucinda Creighton while she campaigned for Fine Gael in 2007 – she later left the party to form Renua but quit politics this year. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny supporting Lucinda Creighton while she campaigned for Fine Gael in 2007 – she later left the party to form Renua but quit politics this year. Photo: Gerry Mooney

It has been a tough fortnight for Taoiseach Enda Kenny as backbenchers sharpened their knives - but one old enemy has come out of the woodwork to support him.

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Mr Kenny will be more surprised than anyone to discover that former Fine Gael Minister for European Affairs turned Renua leader Lucinda Creighton sees him as best placed to battle for an Irish deal on Brexit.

Ms Creighton, who lost her Dáil seat in February's General Election, said the Taoiseach is "extremely well plugged in to the key decision-makers" in the EU.

And in particular she noted that he had "cultivated" a relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"She is a hugely important position now. She faces her own elections next year and it'll be very important that she is returned as Chancellor.

"I think it'll be very important from the UK's point of view, but also the Irish point of view," Ms Creighton said on KFM's Kildare Today show.

The former politician added: "So Enda Kenny's relationship with her is very important. He has cultivated it over the last five years. It's a real strength at the moment. I wouldn't underestimate how important it is."

Ms Creighton served as European Affairs Minister for Mr Kenny from 2011 to 2013.

She went on to help found Renua Ireland which failed to win any seats in the election.

She is now working as an EU public affairs consultant.

Irish Independent

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