Saturday 25 November 2017

Tension is bubbling as 'Team Jenda' hopefuls pace the corridors of power

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Enda Kenny and Joan Burton pictured together earlier this year
Enda Kenny and Joan Burton pictured together earlier this year
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

WE'VE had a Long Goodbye from the Labour Party, what with a leadership contest that dragged on longer than a politician's summer holiday. But now we have the Long Hello.

Around mid-morning, the charged air around Leinster House deflated like a burst balloon. Inside the chamber, the Taoiseach was on his feet, assuring the Fianna Fail leader that there would be no need to amend the order of the Dail's business for the day – a statement which almost certainly put the kibosh on any grand unveiling of Team Jenda in the immediate future.

The day had begun with a frisson of expectation. A few spiffing ties were in evidence. Leo was sporting a neat haircut. There was constant chatter in corners. One Fine Gael backbench TD arrived into a senior minister's office in a state of existential angst.

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