Sunday 24 September 2017

Sam Smyth: Senior adviser to Taoiseach blamed for controversy

Sam Smyth

One of Enda Kenny's senior advisers was last night blamed for the plagiarism controversy that erupted after his speech introducing President Barack Obama in Dublin on Monday.

Mr Kenny had spotted the potential for controversy in the final draft written by speechwriter Miriam O'Callaghan, a former journalist who worked for him while the Fine Gael leader was in opposition.

Mr Kenny thought that a reference should be made to the original "Yes we can" speech made by Mr Obama at Grand Park, Chicago, in November 2008. But one of his senior advisers talked him out of acknowledging it, according to a source close to Mr Kenny.

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