Sunday 19 May 2019

Concerns over drink not raised, says Enda

Daniel McConnell

Concerns about Jean-Claude Juncker's drinking habits were not expressed by any EU leaders, despite reports to the contrary, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

Mr Kenny said reports in the British media that Mr Juncker's drinking had been raised among EU leaders were not based on anyone sitting at the summit table.

Accord- ing to London's 'Daily Telegraph', right, some European leaders privately have concerns over the lifestyle of the continent's presid- ent-in-waiting.

"The point was raised by a number of leaders that comments which appeared in some newspapers were not written by anyone around the table.

"In fact Prime Minister Cameron was at pains to point out that he did not and was not going to get into any personality clashes or personality comments," Mr Kenny said.

Supporters of Mr Juncker dismissed the stories as "dirty tricks".

There were accusations that the personal attacks on Mr Juncker were being driven by Mr Cameron's office at Number 10 Downing Street.

Former junior minister Lucinda Creighton, who was in Brussels as a vice-president of Mr Juncker's European People's Party (EPP), said it was her belief the stories were coming from Downing Street.

A strong supporter of Mr Juncker, Ms Creighton said the stories were "scurrilous".

Irish Independent

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