Enda Kenny lobbied Angela Merkel on behalf of FG minister
Taoiseach Enda Kenny struck a deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party after Fine Gael became concerned that junior minister Dara Murphy would fail to be appointed to a top EU political post.
Fine Gael strategists believed that failure to have secured Mr Murphy the position of European Peoples' Party (EPP) vice-president would have damaged the party's standing.
Intensive lobbying took place with a number of powerful political groupings within the EPP, of which Fine Gael is a member.
One of the groups approached in order to garner support for the Cork TD was the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU).
"Kenny was at the forefront of the lobbying because there was concern we wouldn't get Murphy over the line. A deal was done with Angela Merkel and others," said a Fine Gael strategist.
Mr Murphy was successfully elected to the post on Thursday despite tensions within the party over his nomination.
The TD caused controversy after he and his wife were given a lift from Cork to Dublin by on-duty gardaí after their car broke down.