[Enda Kenny and Frank Flannery at a Fine Gael think-in in 2008]
Mr Flannery’s future as director of elections for Fine Gael is also uncertain after it emerged he was paid to lobby the Government on behalf of Rehab.
Last night, Mr Flannery said he and Mr Kenny had already “had a chat” about all these matters – but he added that their discussions were private.
The former Rehab chief executive said all his work for Fine Gael was voluntary and he did not take a penny in expenses. He also insisted he has not received any direct communication from PAC requesting his attendance at its hearings.
“I have total outrage fatigue at this stage but this is completely ridiculous. How do these fuppers sleep?.”
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Colm Reddy, a friend of jailed anti-war protester Margaretta D’Arcy, on his way into the weekly Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin this morning.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton at the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, at The Wayra Academy on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin this morning.
[Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer (left) with Brian Hayes and Enda Kenny during the 2011 General Election]
A Fine Gael TD comes out to Enda.
…[Enda Kenny]‘s a man in his mid 60s from the west of Ireland who may be uncomfortable and who may have gone on a big journey himself, and he has, he showed me great empathy and support and affirmation”
…“He looked at me and he gave me a dig into the chest and he says ‘you’re still the same guy, I’m still mad about you, let’s go do this’.
Jerry Buttimer to Matt Cooper on The Last Word on Today FM this evening.
“I think this was an example of a woman of extraordinary commitment, over a long number of years, to following through her case being taken before them. Sadly, it’s one that’s indicative of a long litany of cases in Ireland, where these and other events took place. That’s why, in the past, we’ve had to deal some exceptionally sensitive cases that scar our memory. And for that reason I just think that, while this judgement is exceptionally complex and will be studied by Government, I would like to say to Louise O’Keeffe that I apologise for what happened to her in the location where she was and for the horrendous experience that she had to go through.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking in the Dail this morning.
Ms O’Keeffe was sexually abused by teacher Leo Hickey when she was eight and attending Dunderrow National School in Co. Cork in 1973.
In 1998 Hickey was convicted of 21 sample charges involving 21 children from 380 charges.
Ms O’Keeffe tried to hold the State liable but the High Court dismissed her case, as did the Supreme Court.
It’s believed 200 similar cases were dropped after the Supreme Court case.
This week the European Court of Human Rights overturned the Supreme Court ruling.
The State had tried to stop Ms O’Keeffe’s application to the ECHR, arguing her failure to sue the Diocese of Cork and Ross, which owned the school, showed she didn’t exhaust legal avenues in the Irish court system
The ECHR found: “That obligation [to protect her from harm] had not been met when the Irish State…continued to entrust the management of the primary education of the vast majority of young Irish children to National Schools, without putting in place any mechanism of effective State control against the risks of such abuse occurring”.
[Bono at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday]
Bono spoke to Pat Kenny on Newstalk from Davos this morning following a night with the Irish delegation.
Bono: “It’s all sorts and the Taoiseach and Minister Noonan are doing an unbelievable job with the IDA. That’s what I was doing last night. They had a load of people in the room, locked in a room…”
Bono: “…until they agreed to move their companies to Ireland: Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs was the theme last night. And I must say the two of them made me very proud to be Irish. And Barry O’Leary, the guy from the IDA – he spoke extremely well, very…without notes, just really beautiful about the country and then, you know I was really struck by..these two men spoke very modestly on our behalf. They’re actually very modest men themselves. And that I think struck everyone that was there. I made up for it by the way. But they were very modest. And the coalition – Labour deserves some [inaudible] too, you know. They’ve been through rough, rough times and they’re still there for a lot of people but, you know, you can see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
Pat Kenny: “In Africa, good governance is the holy grail because it is a continent of unbelievable wealth, if only it could be tapped for it’s people, by it’s people.”
Bono: “You are exactly right and, you know, I should say something, I don’t know if people know this but Richard Bruton, Minister Bruton, was really pivotal in getting new legislation in Europe, to make it law, that any mining company, in the extractive industry, registered in the European Stock Exchange, have to publish what they pay for those mining rights. And you think, well, of course, what could be difficult about that? Well you see that is where corruption is, the declared amounts and the real amounts are often different by hundreds of millions. And there’s a transparency revolution breaking across the world right now because of technology, technology is turbo-charging that revolution, people know what’s going on in their government budgets, or want to know.”