Taoiseach says it was 'not easy' to work after mother's death
Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said it was "not easy personally" to continue on with his work after the death of his mother.
In the week after Eithne Kenny (93) died in November, Mr Kenny had to finalise the Budget, give a State of the Nation address on television, attend a political meeting in Marseille and then travel to Eurozone crisis summit in Brussels.
"But that is what she would have wanted me to do. To get on with your job. We are all on the same conveyer belt at some point or other. Politics is a privilege so get on and do it," he said.
In an interview in Government buildings, Mr Kenny spoke about how he had felt when attending the Fine Gael presidential dinner in Dublin earlier this month hours after his mother had passed away.
"You have to stand up in the Burlington (Hotel) at the presidential dinner and it was surreal where people were voicing their excitement at the first time the party has been in government for quite a number of years.''
Speaking about the "lump in the throat" that families felt in different circumstances, he recalled the funeral of Mayo woman Sandra Herbert and her daughter Rachel (14), who were drowned in a ditch after a car crash earlier this month. "I attended at the funeral of that young woman from Ballina, Mrs Herbert, who was drowned unfortunately along with her 14-year-old and to see those two beautiful people laid out puts it in perspective," he said.
And he told of visiting the family of Thomas Winter (16) in Trim, Co Meath, who would have been hit by disability allowance cuts which were later withdrawn from the Budget.