Friday 23 February 2018

Kenny puts focus on FG win in next election

Anita Guidera

FINE Gael leader Enda Kenny last night reaffirmed his intention to lead his party into government in the next general election.

The party leader was back at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties in Co Donegal, where George Lee had been welcomed at the MacGill Summer School last July.

And for the second time in six months, a Fine Gael by-election candidate came from the ranks of RTE.

Last night, 34-year-old sports producer with RTE and sitting county councillor Barry O'Neill emerged victorious in a two-horse race for the Donegal South West seat, which was left vacant following the successful election of Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher to the European parliament last June.

Speaking before the convention, Mr Kenny insisted that 427,000 people out of work in the country were far more interested in replacement jobs than about him and his job.

"I know what I have to do and our party is completely united and focused on achieving that objective," he said.

Mr O'Neill, from Ballyshannon, who topped the poll in the last local elections in the Donegal area, outpolled Ballybofey candidate Martin Harley (45) last night and will now try to secure a second seat for Fine Gael alongside alongside veteran TD Dinny McGinley.

Irish Independent

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