Friday 23 March 2018

Well, why is Enda so reticent?

IT'S hard to be critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny considering the unusual good news on the jobs front yesterday. But we'll have a go anyway.

The Taoiseach arrived to the Shelbourne Hotel with a cavalcade of ministers for the big announcement by Kerry Group.

There was, understandably, a posse of journalists waiting, with more than just questions about the impending announcement.

But we were quickly told that only questions on the jobs would be allowed.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney would retire to a side room after the event to answer any further unrelated queries, we were informed.

It fell to one reporter in the room to attempt to question the Taoiseach on comments made by ECB President Mario Draghi. But she was quickly cut off by the moderator and told it wasn't the place. Mr Kenny sat dough faced, and didn't offer to step in with an answer.

The Punt understands that the Taoiseach may not always have the time to stop for a doorstep ahead of an event.

But not answering journalists' questions concerning Ireland and its European partners at a press conference in the current climate will not wash with a public yearning for transparency.

Irish Independent

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