Thursday 22 March 2018

Lucinda: I was pretty shocked by Enda's behaviour but I shouldn't have been

Enda Kenny pictured with Lucinda Creighton in 2012
Enda Kenny pictured with Lucinda Creighton in 2012

Legal Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will “do what is expedient for his own ends,” according to former party member and Renua leader Lucinda Creighton.

But Ms Creighton, who left the party during the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, says she does not harbour any resentment towards Mr Kenny – and is preparing to enter Government with Fine Gael.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Parchment, the magazine of the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association, Ms Creighton said that it is “ironic” that Mr Kenny has now said he will contemplate a free vote in the parliamentary party in future in order to “get rid” of the abortion question.

Although Ms Creighton will campaign against the repealing of the Eighth Amendment, Renua has an open position on the perennially divisive issue.

On her departure from Fine Gael over the 2013 act, Ms Creighton said she was annoyed and disappointed.

“I was pretty shocked by [Enda’s] behaviour but I shouldn’t have been,” she told solicitor Stuart Gilhooly.

“He’ll do what is expedient for his own ends. Compromising on abortion being the best example but there are many others, I don’t harbour resentment towards anyone in politics, least of all Enda Kenny”.

On the failed heave against Mr Kenny by jobs minister Richard Bruton, Ms Creighton – who supported Mr Bruton – said that she believed Mr Kenny and now EU Commissioner Phil Hogan were planning for it [the heave] to happen and that the heave “couldn’t have been handled worse”.

But she says that Fine Gael would have got an overall majority if Mr Bruton had been leading the party.

The barrister, who said she will not return to practice as she has a daughter to support and “very high rent” said that she believes the mammoth Legal Services Regulation Bill, which has passed both houses of the Oireachtas, is “a complete whitewash”.

“I was one of the vocal critics of the original bill as proposed by Alan Shatter,” she told The Parchment.

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