Thursday 23 November 2017

Fiach Kelly: FG knows how to make pitch for GAA legends

FROM the GAA pitch to Leinster House is a path well beaten, but Enda Kenny seems to have been more pro-active than most party leaders in getting former players and managers to stand for election.

Mr Kenny himself comes from a strong GAA background, and his father Henry Kenny, a former TD and junior minister, was part of the legendary Mayo football team that won the Sam Maguire in 1936.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan is the most prominent member of Fine Gael's GAA contingent, having won five All-Ireland medals for Kerry between 1975 and 1981. But Mr Deenihan -- who started out as a senator in 1982, before making it to the Dail five years later -- was a TD long before Mr Kenny assumed leadership after the 2002 General Election.

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