Thursday 18 January 2018

Kenny puts FG 'West Wing' on election footing

Fionnan Sheahan

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is to rejig his backroom staff in the wake of the leadership heave ahead of the general election.

Mr Kenny is conducting an internal reshuffle of his staff, nicknamed 'The West Wing'.

The move follows the departure of Mr Kenny's top adviser, former political director Michael McLoughlin, who left to return to his consultancy firm last month.

Mr Kenny's chief spin doctor, Ciaran Conlon, will move upstairs to a role in charge of strategic policy and election planning.

His deputy, Feargal Purcell, will take over the day-to-day dealings with the press.

PR consultant Mark Mortell will take up a role as political adviser, working on communications, management and strategy.

"The aim is to dust down the operation and gear up for an election," a party source said.

Irish Independent

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