Thursday 23 November 2017

Now Mr Kenny should think before speaking

TWO bouts of careless talk may be regarded as an accident; three smacks of, well, carelessness. Especially if the culprit is the Taoiseach himself. Having rebuked ministers Phil Hogan and Leo Varadkar for allegedly speaking out of turn, Mr Kenny appears to have done the same thing.

In an impromptu session with journalists in Cork on Monday, Mr Kenny raised serious concerns about some of the operations of NAMA. Except that it appears they were not really serious concerns at all. The official line yesterday was that the Taoiseach sees no need for an investigation and that he himself never claimed to have any evidence of unacceptable practices at NAMA.

Unsatisfactory. Mr Kenny's remarks turned the complaints of a Fianna Fail senator into a story, quite an achievement for a Fine Gael Taoiseach. Kerry senator Mark Daly must at least be a happy man.

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