Friday 24 November 2017

Fine Gael chairman tells TDs to stop making comments about Kenny 'in the interest of common decency'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the All Island Civic dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle. Picture: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the All Island Civic dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle. Picture: Damien Eagers

Kevin Doyle and Philip Ryan

Fine Gael’s party chairman has appealed for TDs and senators to remain calm and stop making public comments about Enda Kenny.

Kildare TD Martin Heydon has tonight sent an email to his colleagues saying he is "greatly concerned that the Taoiseach and leader of our party is not being shown the respect his service and his office deserve".

The email, seen by, adds that it would be "in the best interests of a united Fine Gael and in the interest of common decency" that members of the parliamentary party refrain from making further "public utterances about our party leader".

"Such comments ultimately hurt our party. Any comments should be kept for next week's parliamentary party meeting which will take place as usual at 5.30pm next Wednesday,” Mr Heydon wrote.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael deputy leader James Reilly has launched an attack on party colleagues for trying to force Taoiseach Enda Kenny out of office.

Speaking to, Mr Reilly said a "small number" of Fine Gael parliamentary party members had "let their personal ambition cloud their judgement".

The Dublin Fingal senator called for calm and warned rebel TDs they were "undermining" the work of the Government by seeking to force Mr Kenny to step down.

"Change is coming, the Taoiseach has told us he will be stepping down. We need to draw breath and ensure we do not destabilise the Government further," he said.

Mr Reilly’s comments follow a press statement by his constituency colleague Alan Farrell in which the TD  announced he no longer had confidence in Mr Kenny to lead Fine Gael.

"As the co-author of a recent internal party report, I am very much in tune with the feelings and position of our membership, right across the country," he said.

"A week does not go by that a further comment from another constituency arrives. In a democratic organisation, that is not healthy and thus, I reluctantly withdraw my support for the continued tenure of Enda Kenny TD as leader of Fine Gael," he added.

It comes just hours after backbench TD Alan Farrell publicly stated that he has lost confidence in Mr Kenny’s ability to the lead the party.

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