Sunday 4 December 2016

Dearbhail McDonald: Beware Enda Kenny bearing pre-election gifts of press freedom

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

'The Taoiseach's eleventh-hour concerns fall like crocodile tears in a country like ours that pays lip service to press freedom and the privacy rights of its citizens' Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images
'The Taoiseach's eleventh-hour concerns fall like crocodile tears in a country like ours that pays lip service to press freedom and the privacy rights of its citizens' Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images

Is it just me or does anyone else suspect that Taoiseach Enda Kenny's sudden embrace of press freedom has little to do with the protection of journalistic sources and a lot to do with fears of critical media coverage mere weeks away from the General Election?

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Not for the first time, Mr Kenny has been usurped by his young Health Minister Leo Varadkar who last year stole a march on Mr Kenny.

That was when Mr Varadkar called on former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan - retired, resigned or sacked depending on your view of how Mr Kenny handled that departure - to withdraw his (Callinan's) "disgusting" remark about two garda whistleblowers.

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