Monday 26 February 2018

Iron ladies, watch out for FG

Cherchez la femme. Enda Kenny is not the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to be landed in the soup by a female prime minister's press conference.

The other was the late Garrett FitzGerald, who arrived back after talks with Mrs Thatcher to be told of her infamous "out, out, out" statement.

Neither lady meant any harm. Mrs Thatcher thought she was just restating known British policy; Mrs Merkel seems to have been thinking of Spain -- although Mrs Thatcher never publicly tried to repair the damage as generously as the German Chancellor did on Sunday.

Perhaps female prime ministers should beware of Fine Gael Taoisigh.

Irish Independent

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