Monday 16 January 2017

Lack of action by 'big three' key to failure of the 'heave that wasn't'

Resilient Kenny survived as Fine Gael leader as no contenders to replace him would wield the knife, writes Cormac McQuinn

Published 17/07/2016 | 02:30

TDs couldn’t understand why Dr Reilly — who lost his Dail seat in the election before being installed by Mr Kenny in the Seanad — was back in the job just weeks after the Taoiseach said he was no longer deputy leader.
TDs couldn’t understand why Dr Reilly — who lost his Dail seat in the election before being installed by Mr Kenny in the Seanad — was back in the job just weeks after the Taoiseach said he was no longer deputy leader.

The Taoiseach had just endured one of the most difficult weeks of his time leading Fine Gael and there was an increasing clamour suggesting his days in charge were numbered.

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As Enda Kenny last weekend maintained silence on the issue, backbench TDs were reportedly discussing the 'nuclear option', a motion of no confidence in his leadership to be tabled at the party's next meeting in Leinster House.

How widespread these talks were, or how seriously such a motion was being considered, depends on who you talk to - and some of those believed to be involved deny it - even speaking privately.

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