Sunday 24 September 2017

Taoiseach warns of 'grind' to start party

Padraic McCormack
Padraic McCormack

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has warned rebel Fine Gael TDs about how difficult it will be to form a new party.

It comes amid intense speculation that backbenchers such as Lucinda Creighton, who have lost the party whip over the abortion bill, will turn their Reform Alliance movement into a fully fledged political party.

Speaking at the Dail launch of the autobiography of a former Fine Gael TD, the Taoiseach said politics was a hard life and people approaching it needed to be under no illusions about the work it takes: "Anyone contemplating that who is not prepared to put in the miles and the hours and the grind – it doesn't work.

"People like to be in the hall, they like being face-to-face, they like to meet the people," he said.

Perhaps one man who was cut out for the grind was former Fine Gael Galway West TD Padraic McCormack.

ROCKY

His book, 'The Rocky Road to the Dail' goes into detail about some of his rows with Fine Gael officials and fellow TDs – which has annoyed some of them. "He is taking a swipe at a lot of people," said one TD.

Mr McCormack did not even spare Mr Kenny in his book – despite his old boss launching it last night.

He complained that Mr Kenny had not encouraged him to run again in the last General Election after he failed to be selected as a candidate.

"I was a bit taken aback by the coldness of his manner, and this was a factor in my subsequent decision not to have my name added (to the Fine Gael ticket)," he said.

Irish Independent

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