Monday 23 January 2017

John Drennan: A very messy business for 'the cleaner'

Frank Flannery may be Enda's good servant but Rehab could prove to be his Achilles' heel, writes John Drennan

Published 26/01/2014 | 02:30

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins (L) and Frank Flannery (second from right) with former taoisigh Albert Reynolds and Garret FitzGerald in 2006. Kerins and Flannery are due to appear before the PAC tomorrow but have not yet indicated whether or not they will attend.
Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins (L) and Frank Flannery (second from right) with former taoisigh Albert Reynolds and Garret FitzGerald in 2006. Kerins and Flannery are due to appear before the PAC tomorrow but have not yet indicated whether or not they will attend.

It was possibly entirely accidental that at the last Fine Gael think-in, Frank Flannery spent an elongated period of time in the company of the new Fine Gael senator Hildegarde Naughton.

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Hildegarde, coincidentally, shares a constituency with the Reform Alliance former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy Eames, and Brian Walsh, the sorrowing Prodigal Fine Gael son, who, unlike Fidelma, is engaging in serial acts of public mortification in an enthusiastic attempt to return to his FG inheritance.

It is possible, but pretty unlikely, that the conversation of Frank and Hildegarde was about the weather rather than how the new senator should go about replacing one or both of Enda's turbulent Galway West rebels.

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