Tuesday 16 January 2018

Lise Hand: Kenny perches on fence as dirty campaign begins

Just as well that our Taoiseach is fit as a butcher's dog from all that cycling. Because yesterday he was faced with a sticky situation, and a safe extraction from it would require a high level of agility or at the least some skilled weaving.

For as he arrived at the launch of Gay Mitchell's presidential campaign yesterday afternoon, Enda was faced with the choice of two routes -- would he take the low road and join his senior party colleagues in flinging mud at Martin McGuinness, or would he head for the high moral ground and decry such unsavoury shenanigans?

Political observers had predicted that this campaign might get dirty, given that there were seven disparate candidates in a very open field -- but none expected that the brown stuff would begin to fly so early into the four-week campaign, nor that it would be flung with such force by members of Fine Gael.

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