Young gun will remain a thorn in Kenny's side
FINE Gael's Lucinda Creighton is often described as one of the "young guns" in her party -- and yesterday she opened fire on party leader Enda Kenny.
The 30-year-old was one of Fine Gael's stars in the 2007 general election when she won back its traditional seat in Dublin South East by pushing out then Progressive Democrat leader Michael McDowell.
That was no mean achievement for a young woman from Claremorris, in Co Mayo, who had studied law in Trinity College and qualified as a barrister. She supports Mayo football and Leinster rugby and is engaged to Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford.
She has had several confrontations with Mr Kenny. It was no surprise that she backed Richard Bruton in last month's failed heave against him.
She rejected an initial offer of a frontbench position from Mr Kenny in the run up to the vote -- although his supporters later denied this had been made.
Like many "rebels" in the party, Ms Creighton has felt the chill winds since and yesterday's speech was a public voicing of her dissatisfaction with the state of Fine Gael and the leadership of Mr Kenny.
She appears to feel that she has nothing to lose -- there is little or no chance that she will be considered for promotion while Mr Kenny remains as leader.
And yesterday's speech was a sign that she will be a thorn in his side for some time to come.