Saturday 22 September 2018

Video: Ever wonder what happens at a Fine Gael 'team building' night?

TDs and senators were invited by chairman Martin Heydon to “a dinner with a twist” - where they cooked their own meal

Health Minister Simon Harris' team came out on top at the cooking contest
Health Minister Simon Harris' team came out on top at the cooking contest

Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor

EVER wonder what goes on a Fine Gael night with Leo Varadkar?

Well, it appears Marcella Corcorcan Kennedy does the cooking, Kate O’Connell serves up the dishes and James Reilly looks after the wash-up.

Independent.ie has obtained video from inside the Government party’s team building night which took place last Monday.

After a heavy five hour meeting to discuss positions on the repeal referendum, TDs and senators were invited by chairman Martin Heydon to “a dinner with a twist”.

Led by the Taoiseach they went to Cooks Academy on South William Street in Dublin city centre where they were spilt into teams and told to cook their own food.

Our video shows that the majority donned aprons and rolled up their sleeves, although some look more familiar with the kitchen setting than others.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan appears to be the only male TD to keep his suit jacket on.

At the sink former health minister James Reilly gets to grips a saucepan and a bottle of fairy liquid.

Senator Neale Richmond is seen carrying knives and sporting a black eye – but sources assure us his injury was obtained on a rugby pitch rather than in the kitchen.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Education Minister Richard Bruton are very much observers as they appear to allow former junior minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy cook their dinner. Ms Corcoran Kennedy, who was once the minister in charge of promoting healthy eating, appears to a chicken dinner.

Sources say the competition was intense – but ultimately a team including Health Minister Simon Harris were victorious.

A number of sources claimed the food was top notch but the Heineken and wine helped.

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