Saturday 20 January 2018

Fionnan Sheahan: Opposition scents blood over Greens' stag party

FIANNA Fail figures were expressing admiration last week for the manner in which Phil Hogan had fought off the challenge of Fine Gael's well-heeled yet politically naive frontbench elite in the leadership heave against Enda Kenny.

Nobody on the Fianna Fail benches was so starstruck yesterday, however, when Big Phil turned his guns on them over their support for the Green Party's animal-welfare legislation.

Throwing salt on the wound, he said there was an "anti-rural bias" to Environment Minister John Gormley's "narrow political agenda", which was "ideologically driven" and had nothing to do with the broader public interest.

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