FG Press Releases calling for party unity behind Kenny

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Yesterday a press release was sent out by the FG press office on behalf of Simon Coveney calling for unity in the parliamentary party. There's been no other press release until now.

And this is broadly similar, an appeal to FG TDs to unite, and support Enda Kenny.

It's massively telling that party is communicating publicly by press release to their TDs. And the only attention the party has at the moment is the future of Enda Kenny.

Sean Kelly MEP Calls for Unity in Party and Continued Support for Kenny

Fine Gael Ireland South MEP and former GAA President, Sean Kelly, has issued a call for Fine Gael Party unity in response to a recent poll result in last week’s Irish Times.

"No divided team ever won an All Ireland title. Unity of purpose is absolutely key on both he football pitch and in political circles. I am calling on my Party colleagues to show that necessary unity of purpose now and row in behind the most successful Leader of Fine Gael for decades. Enda Kenny has rebuilt the Fine Gael team from the bottom up, and as we head towards a General Election in the next 12 or 18 months we should ensure that he completes the job and leads Fine Gael to Government."
 


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Yesterday a press release was sent out by the FG press office on behalf of Simon Coveney calling for unity in the parliamentary party. There's been no other press release until now.

And this is broadly similar, an appeal to FG TDs to unite.
No divided team ever won an All Ireland title.
You'd have to wonder how those sporting analogies are going over in europe.


SK addresses the european parliment.
"Doesn't matter how far you puck it if you puck it the wrong way. No one ever brought Liam McCarthy home pucking it wide"
 

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Sean Kelly is EK's brother in law. His support for EK can be taken for granted.
 
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Oh dear, why don't they get it? Enda is a great organiser, has great ideas but he is a "back-room" boy. He is not and never will be someone who makes you sit up and take attention. He is not someone who gets the heart rate going a bit faster. He is not someone who makes you WANT to get out there and savage the opposition.

He does however put one to sleep. He does however make one feel slightly embarrassed for him. He is, and I don't mean this in a horrible way and I'm sure in reality he is not, but he is a BORE. Thats how he comes across.

Let him continue on his good work, but let him sacrifice his own position as Leader and give it to someone who makes us feel we are in the hands of a lion, not a lamb.
 

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"FG revolt as knives come out for Kenny" - SIndo
"FG rebels may trigger heave against Kenny" - Tribune
"Fine Gael frontbenchers urge Bruton to oust Kenny" - SBP
These were the main headlines in the national Sunday papers a few days after the publication of the Banking Reports.

The public are well entitled to ask the editors "WTF is going on?"
 

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I do believe that they have little option but to rally around Kenny, even those who aren't particularly pro-Kenny. It is absolutely the wrong time for this débacle and whatever about anyone's opinion of Bruton as a potential leader before, his choosing of this particular time surely dents any confidence in him as a leader, either of the party or the country.

There is unfortunately no easy way out of this conundrum now. Even if it were not irresponsible for Kenny to step down for example (to put an abrupt end to things by just letting Bruton at it), it would result in a new leader with divided support in his own party. Sticking with Kenny however probably means losing a great asset in Bruton in his current role (he will surely have to be demoted) and of course alienating his supporters. However, those supporters of Bruton are probably a smaller, albeit more vocal, group - some of whom are probably a potential liability at times anyway despite the strengths and different view on matters that they bring. Nevertheless, Fine Gael will face a battle to even hold on to their current vote support.

Good news for Labour. Surely now in some rural three seaters there will be more of a chance of Labour picking up a seat (even with an unknown) compared to FG taking 2. Fortunately even now there's no chance of FF coming back enough to get two out of three seats in such constituencies. Labour support will probably increase in Dublin too although the drop in 1st prefs for FG probably means an opening for FF to not be as completely wiped out, and Labour despite increased vote share probably can't get more seats than what they currently stand to. So some comfort to FF too (still on course for disaster though fortunately, the more so the longer Cowen stays on or opens his mouth on TV!)
 

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Press releases in support of Enda are effectively irrelevant, as no one ever issues such releases in support of the challanger.

If I were a FG TD and supporter of Bruton, I'd be keeping my mouth shut until Tuesdays meeting.
 

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GALWAY DEPUTY DELAYS FINE GAEL LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE | Galway Bay FM | galwaynews.ie

Galway West Fine Gael Deputy Padraic McCormack has taken steps to halt the leadership challenge on Enda Kenny.

Deputy McCormack, who's the Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, has pushed the party's weekly meeting back until after the Motion of No confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen tomorrow.

Speculation is mounting that Richard Bruton will mount a challenge to Enda Kenny's leadership.
 
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Another FG Press Release calling for party unity behind Kenny - Sean Kelly MEP

Fine Gael National Press Office
Press Statement by Sean Barrett TD

Monday June 14th 2010

Former Cabinet Minister Sean Barrett urges support for Kenny

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD Sean Barrett has called for unity in the Party,
saying it is in everybody’s interest to unite behind Enda Kenny to remove
Fianna Fáil from office.

“An over-reaction to a single poll result is in nobody’s interest.

“Ruinous Fianna Fáil policies ran the economy into the ground. The
objective is to remove them from power and put in place a Fine Gael
Government that will act in the interests of all of the people. There is no
better way to do this than for Fine Gael to unite behind Enda Kenny.

“Enda Kenny’s focus is on the motion of no confidence in Brian Cowen
tomorrow and delivering for all Party supporters around the country.

“Enda Kenny is similar to John Bruton in his style of leadership, because
we have a Cabinet system of government, not a presidential style.

“The secret of the Rainbow Coalition was John Bruton’s ability to be an
excellent chairman of a board of directors. Enda Kenny has similar
strengths. It’s about time that people realised we don’t have a
presidential system of government, and that Richard Bruton is doing an
excellent job in finance. I would sincerely hope he would remain there.”
 

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sean kelly is NOT enda kenny's brother in law!
Well, he is related to him some way or other, a cousin of Enda's wife or some such. Is it any wonder that Kelly is backing Kenny? It is not so long ago that party HQ, no doubt on Kenny's orders, shafted sitting MEP Colm Burke by imposing Kelly on the FG ticket in European elections. Kelly, being a cute Kerryman, knows that he is safe in Europe now.

As for the footballing analogies, after yet another Kerry victory yesterday, the less I hear of them the better.
 

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Kenny shafted the outgoing MEP and set up the seat for Kelly - of course he'll back him !
 

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Fine Gael should be humanely put down.
 

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do you know the television has been bad these days but jaypers lads tomorrow oireachteas report will top the ratings, kenny will get up in the dail and tell cowen the people dont want him anymore and and we wont know who he is talking about cowen or himself..... just watch.
 

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Press releases in support of Enda are effectively irrelevant, as no one ever issues such releases in support of the challanger.

If I were a FG TD and supporter of Bruton, I'd be keeping my mouth shut until Tuesdays meeting.

And that's what they are all doing. FG need to decide whether they need Kenny or Bruton more. To outsiders the answer is obvious, but many FGers aren't that bright.
 


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