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Saturday 10 December 2016

Taoiseach rotates favourite pictures to impress guest

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

Joe Biden in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office, where the photo of Mr Biden was on the mantelpiece Photo: Maxwells
Joe Biden in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office, where the photo of Mr Biden was on the mantelpiece Photo: Maxwells

It's a case of Enda Kenny and the rotating mantelpiece pictures. The Taoiseach was so keen to impress visiting US vice-president Joe Biden that he swapped in a picture of them together onto his mantelpiece in his office.

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Just a few weeks ago Mr Kenny posed for the Irish Independent in front of the fireplace. Behind him were carefully placed photographs of his children in Mayo jerseys, US president Barack Obama and one of him with French president Francois Hollande.

However, the Taoiseach dropped Mr Hollande in advance of Mr Biden's arrival in Government Buildings on Tuesday evening. In his place was a picture of Mr Kenny, his wife Fionnuala and the US vice-president.

It sat towards the centre of the mantelpiece, having been given priority over the image of the Taoiseach with Mr Obama during his visit in 2011.

This isn't the first time Mr Kenny's mantelpiece has caught people's eye. Last Christmas, when he posed in front of the same fireplace, there was a framed photo of himself and the wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Irish Independent

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