Friday 23 February 2018

Kenny 'rattled' as his leadership is questioned

Taoiseach on the offensive after Deasy challenges his referendum strategy

John Drennan, Political Editor

ENDA Kenny may have been dismissive of the loss of his Seanad referendum in public, but his "hysterical'' response last week to criticism of the campaign by John Deasy reveals he is privately "rattled".

Long-term Fine Gael TDs and senators were left astonished by the "panicky attack" launched by Kenny on his free-thinking deputy Deasy when he questioned his leader's strategy on the Seanad referendum. Sources said that, prior to the meeting, the Government chief whip Paul Kehoe was "very active in ensuring as many of Enda's supporters as possible attended".

One TD told the Sunday Independent: "It was very partisan, all the Dear Leader's men were there, all the lickspittles and acolytes had been gathered in."

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