Monday 22 October 2018

Leo needs to think again about the leaky, old FG spin machine

The only thing missing was a mysterious man in the shadows as FG had its Watergate moment, writes Willie O'Dea

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22

Willie O'Dea

Last week, a secret internal Fine Gael memo intended for limited circulation somehow managed to find its way into the public domain.

It almost had echoes of Watergate. All that was missing was the darkened car park and a mysterious, shadowy source inside the administration determined to get the truth out there.

Except, there was no Fine Gael leak. There was no document that the party wanted kept under wraps. What there was, however, was a bit of political propaganda that Fine Gael wanted spread far and wide. It was a dark-ops department manoeuvre worthy of what Sean Lemass used to call the Fine Gael rumour factory.

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