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Plenty of steel under Kenny's cover

HE may have been described as the unlikely Taoiseach but behind his friendly demeanour lies a patient, steely determination, the launch of the political biography of Enda Kenny was told.

The story of the country's ninth Taoiseach was the story of a man you would underestimate at your peril, broadcaster Sean O'Rourke said.

He was speaking at the launch of Irish Independent political columnist John Downing's book, 'Enda Kenny: The Unlikely Taoiseach' which was attended by a smattering of Fine Gael TDs and former Green Party ministers, including John Gormley and Eamon Ryan.

While Mr Kenny stayed away, the turnout included several other Fine Gael TDs along with Government chief whip Paul Keogh and Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran.

The book tells the story of Mr Kenny's 37-year-long political journey, and his 10-year campaign to successfully overcome reverses and an outright party mutiny to become Taoiseach in 2011.

Launching the biography, Sean O'Rourke said its title was well chosen for behind Mr Kenny's friendly demeanour lay a patient, steely determination that really didn't emerge until he had successfully fought off that leadership challenge.

'Enda Kenny: The Unlikely Taoiseach' is published in hardback by Paperweight Publications is available in bookstores and online and priced at €18.99.

Irish Independent