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Thursday 8 December 2016

John Drennan: Seanad caught in crosshairs as FG tribe at war

The Coalition is far too eager to abolish an institution that holds it to account

John Drennan, Political Editor

Published 21/07/2013 | 05:00

REBELLION IN THE RANKS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former junior minister Lucinda Creighton, who is one of a number of TDS to have been purged from the Fine Gael party
REBELLION IN THE RANKS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former junior minister Lucinda Creighton, who is one of a number of TDS to have been purged from the Fine Gael party

Our Taoiseach will be shedding few tears over the departure of Senators Fidelma Healy Eames and Paul Bradford last week.

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Both are the sort of independent-thinking politicians who, like Lucinda Creighton or Billy Timmins, are viewed with suspicion by Enda Kenny who prefers ambitious new TDs who do not suffer from a querying disposition.

But, while such virgin brides of Enda (in a political sense) as Regina Doherty are far more to Mr Kenny's liking, the Taoiseach should not sleep too easily on his Castlebar settle bed.

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