Monday 22 January 2018

'All these things come to an end' - Kenny tells colleague

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing pressure from his party
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing pressure from his party

Kevin Doyle and John Downing

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has told an Independent Alliance TD that “all these things come to an end”.

After the starting gun on the succession race was fired at a private Fine Gael meeting, Mr Kenny returned to the Dáil where he looked dejected during a motion of confidence in the Government.

Longford/Westmeath TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has today revealed details of a conversation he had with Mr Kenny during which he appeared to accept that his time as Taoiseach is nearing its end.

Asked on Midlands’ 103 radio what the Taoiseach said about the potential heave, Mr Moran replied: “He spoke to me generally. He said ‘all these things come to an end’. ‘I’m nearly 50 years in the House’,” the Independent Alliance member said, not specifying what 'all these things' were.

He added that Mr Kenny described the events of recent days as “a bad week” but “we move on”.

The Independent Alliance considered leaving Government over the garda whistleblower crisis – but Mr Moran said the public do not want an election.

He described the handling of the Maurice McCabe controversy as “shambolic” but said collapsing the Dáil would not have brought him any closer to justice.

Earlier, the Government has brushed aside claims by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald that they bought Independent TDs’ continued support with local constituency favours.

The Sinn Féin deputy leader said it was clear that, in the wake of the past week’s controversy over garda whistleblowers, it suited Fianna Fáil for now to continue keeping "a weak government" in power.

“But can you tell us what ‘constituency goodies’ if any that you gave the Independent TDs to continue their support?” she asked in the Dáil.

Replying for the Government, Education Minister Richard Bruton insisted that there were no additional incentives given the Independents.

He said Government was based on an agreed programme which has worked to spread the renewed economic growth more fairly among people.

“Your party has spent its time relentlessly trying to stand in the way of the programme this Government has made,” Mr Bruton said.

Ms McDonald said she could not understand how the Dáil could vote confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny when Fine Gael TDs and Senators did not have confidence.

“If Fine Gael hasn't confidence, how can the Dáil? When's Enda stepping aside?” she asked.

Mr Bruton repeated that the Government was continued to implement its work programme.

“This Government is focused on improving people's lives,” the Education Minister insisted.

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