Thursday 22 March 2018

Enda Kenny: 'I've got my mojo back'

Niall O'Connor at the Fine Gael think-in in Kildare

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he has got his "mojo back" as he prepares to address Fine Gael politicians at the party's annual think-in.

The party is meeting in Newbridge, Co Kildare with serious questions being asked about Mr Kenny's own leadership.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The think-in will hear about the findings of two reports into the party's disastrous General Election result.

Privately, TDs are also raising concerns about Mr Kenny's leadership and his failure to date to spell out when he intends to step down.

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Speaking to broadcaster Pat Kenny on Newstalk today, Mr Kenny said he has a mandate to serve a full term.

"We’ve got a huge agenda in front of us and I intend to go flat out as head of a partnetship government which is very different," the Mayo TD said.

Mr Kenny also admitted he didn't enjoy the election in February but that he now has his "mojo" back.

"I’m not interested in history personally at all insofar as myself is concerned. I didn’t enjoy the election. I had a reflection on this over the summer. As I say I’ve got my mojo back," he said.

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He added that his priroity is "getting Fine Gael back to being a campaigning party on issues that really matter to people."

Mr Kenny was also asked about junior minister John Halligan's staunch criticism of Fine Gael.

Asked would he be willing to sack Mr Halligan, Mr Kenny said that is the perogative of Cabinet.

He criticised the language used by Mr Halligan during an interview with Niamh Horan in the Sunday Independent.

I don’t find that language suitable for these type of interview, " the Taoiseach said.

Read More: Kenny faces grilling from backbenchers on election losses

"The issue here is a difference of opinion...we have stood by what we said. You cannot have a sitatuon where every other week someone is holding the Government to ransom."

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