Thursday 8 December 2016

Kenny gaffe a sad return to old ways

Published 11/07/2011 | 05:00

DURING the general election campaign, Enda Kenny made a commitment to retain the accident and emergency services in Roscommon County Hospital. The promise was unwise. It has not been honoured and will not be honoured.

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Once he became Taoiseach, Mr Kenny should have admitted that, and apologised for pledging something he could not deliver. Instead, in a radio interview on Saturday he denied that he had made the commitment.

His faulty memory was exposed by the disclosure of a tape recording, made by a 'Sunday Business Post' reporter, which proved beyond question that in February he had indeed given the specific promise which he denied in July. Yesterday he was forced to issue a retraction and an explanation -- of sorts.

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