Monday 16 January 2017

Anyone planning a heave had better do their homework first

Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

If it's a heave they are planning, those Fine Gael TDs and senators had better do their homework well.

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It's not just that the Taoiseach roundly defeated their last attempt in June 2010, and turned it to his advantage, going on to head the Government eight months later.

Neither is it just that he spent the years 1991-1994 and 1997-2001 fending off incipient and full-blown heaves against his then-party leader John Bruton. Nor is it that his wife, Fionnuala, as Fianna Fáil party press officer from 1981 until 1990, had a ringside seat at many of the failed heaves against her own boss, Charlie Haughey, and watched him boxing off the ropes.

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