FG warns Kenny to remain impartial
A FINE Gael TD last night warned Pat Kenny to be impartial in his coverage of the presidential election after the broadcaster said he would give his "number one" vote to his "pal" Gay Byrne.
Kenny made the remarks this week after it emerged that Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin had offered Byrne the support of the party, in order to get him into the election proper.
Kenny said he would vote for Byrne, but insisted he would still grill him on TV and radio.
"Of course you'd give your number one to your pal -- but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have to give him a very hard time on 'The Frontline' in the dying days of the campaign," Mr Kenny said -- a comment that attracted the ire of Fine Gael and Labour.
"Has Pat Kenny really endorsed Gay Byrne and dismissed every other candidate?" Dublin Central's Paschal Donohoe asked.
"If so, how can he moderate or commentate on the presidential election?"
He was backed up by Labour Cork South-West TD Michael McCarthy, who said Mr Kenny must be impartial.
Kenny said the excitement around Byrne was because "the political class hasn't produced anyone who has caught the imagination yet".
Kenny did not return calls last night.