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FG TD Jerry Buttimer with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and gay activist Brian Sheehan pictured in Panti Bar last night

FG TD Jerry Buttimer with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and gay activist Brian Sheehan pictured in Panti Bar last night

FG TD Jerry Buttimer with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and gay activist Brian Sheehan pictured in Panti Bar last night

Taoiseach Enda Kenny dropped into one of the country's best known gay bars tonight for what was described as a Christmas party.

Mr Kenny was in Panti Bar, run by Miss Panti, the drag queen alter ego of Rory O'Neill.

Mr O'Neill is originally from Ballinrobe in Mr Kenny's home county of Mayo.

The Taoiseach and Children's Minister Dr James Reilly attended the Christmas drinks of the Fine Gael Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group.

The group met in Leinster House and then went on to Pantibar.

Young Fine Gael President Dale McDermott said Mr Kenny was in Pantibar for the Fine Gael LGBT Christmas party.

"That's a first," he said.

But Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said the "get together" was not a party.

The chairman of Fine Gael LGBT said Mr Kenny dropped in to show his support for the group.

Mr Buttimer said the Taoiseach was recognising their work on the gender recognition bill, the family relationship legislation and the gay marriage referendum.

"It wasn't a party per se," he said.

"It was his way of acknowledging the work of the group," he added.

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