Wednesday 26 July 2017

How Enda's explosive parting shot has landed Leo with his first Cabinet crisis

The row over a judicial role for the outgoing Attorney General has left the new government facing claims of cronyism, writes Maeve Sheehan

Meeting: President Michael D Higgins (left), Attorney General Maire Whelan and ex-taoiseach Enda Kenny
Meeting: President Michael D Higgins (left), Attorney General Maire Whelan and ex-taoiseach Enda Kenny
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Enda Kenny fired his parting shot at the end of his final Cabinet meeting as Taoiseach. He is believed to have primed his Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, shortly before the meeting began.

When it opened, the Fine Gael and Independent Alliance ministers trotted through the government agenda with the humour and solemnity befitting Kenny's last day in office.

It was also Finance Minister Michael Noonan's Cabinet swansong. It was no secret either that Maire Whelan, the Attorney General who sat at the Cabinet table, was also moving on after six years of loyal service to Kenny's government. Although it seems many of his ministerial colleagues were apparently unaware at that point of Kenny's plans for her.

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