Tuesday 20 February 2018

Heir apparent keeps his cool as knives are sharpened for FG leader

Sam Smyth

IF Richard Bruton comes to believe that Enda Kenny's leadership is a hindrance to Fine Gael leading the next government -- it's "bye, bye Enda".

That could happen if, say, the next three opinion polls saw Fine Gael drop below 25pc with a consequent rise in support for Fianna Fail.

All he has to do is tell Kenny "it's over" to prompt a speedy resignation and to be installed as leader; he has the support of a majority of the parliamentary party. When the Fine Gael frontbench met yesterday morning, the sole topic on the agenda was: can Enda's leadership be recovered?

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