Saturday 29 April 2017

Did you hear the one about the Taoiseach and the Army?

Enda Kenny has bent the truth far too often to deserve the benefit of the doubt this time round, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

‘Kenny should never be let leave the country...he inevitably says something mortifying’
‘Kenny should never be let leave the country...he inevitably says something mortifying’

Eilis O'Hanlon

There was uproar during filming of BBC talent show The Voice last week when new judge Boy George sensationally claimed that he had once slept with the American recording artist Prince.

The audience went wild. His co-stars immediately begged for more details. The Culture Club singer later claimed, disappointingly, that it was just a joke, only to discover it's not so easy to put out a fire once it's roaring away.

Taking his cue from Enda Kenny, who's spent the week backtracking over his claim that the Irish Government had been preparing to deploy the Army at ATM machines in the event of financial meltdown in 2011, what Boy George should have said is that there was "no specific de-briefing", as it were, between the musical pair on the night in question, but casual sexual encounters do frequently occur in celebrity circles so it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that this one might have happened too.

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