Monday 11 December 2017

Noonan steps forward to act as Kenny's bodyguard - but it'll be the final time

Health Minister Simon Harris is part of FG’s new generation. Photo: Tom Burke
Health Minister Simon Harris is part of FG’s new generation. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny have set a fine example for the next generation of Fine Gael politicians.

While a recent convert to Irish politics might view them as two close allies, in reality they are fierce old enemies. Their battle for the party leadership in 2001 was bitter, and when Mr Noonan failed to hand the future Taoiseach a frontbench job afterwards, colleagues suggested the Limerick TD "was shafting somebody just for the sake of it".

Mr Kenny is reported to have told Mr Noonan he was making a mistake - sending out the wrong signal at a time when he should be about healing and unity.

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