‘Interests Of The Party Leader And Party Are Diverging’

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Statement issued by Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin, top, this morning calling for a new Fine Gael leader by September.

Call for Kenny to stand down as Fine Gael leader (RTE)

Previously:  A Good Time To Be A Griffin

Pic: Catherine Healy

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Via Peter Fitzpatrick

Related: Support for Enda Kenny ebbing away among Fine Gael grassroots (Irish Times)

37 thoughts on “‘Interests Of The Party Leader And Party Are Diverging’

  1. Harry Molloy

    That’s one way to make a name for yourself.
    Now that it’s out there I think it’s kind of inevitable. Who will be the next leader is the question?
    I’ve always been an fan of Varadkar since he came on the scene but went off him and little over the last election. I’m leaning and little towards Coveny now but would really like to see what he comes back with on housing after the summer.

    1. nellyb

      Varadkar’s public persona is opinionless vanilla. Never said anything apt or memorable or resembling natural leader’s thinking. Wallpaper.

      1. LW

        That is the least accurate assessment of Varadkar, who regularly speaks out of turn, that I’ve seen

  2. Mr. Camomile T

    TL;DR = “Be afraid, Fianna Fail are coming! I also sense an opportunity to further my career.”

  3. They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab

    apart from the ugly, scabrous and half-demented tone and content, are there no eyebrow clippers in Kerry?

  4. Frilly Keane

    Someone other than Healy Ray is putting it up to them in Dublin

    Was all he needed ta’say

  5. Barry the Hatchet

    Ah yes, Bernard Griffin, safeguarding Fine Gael core values and principles since 2011.

    Griffin is a former member of Kerry County Council. When he was elected as a TD, he hired his wife as his secretarial assistant and his cousin as his parliamentary assistant. Griffin said his wife “is the best person for the job” who just happens to be his wife. Both these positions were filled without interview. Griffin also helped his other cousin to get his old council seat. He said his cousin was the best “person for the job” who “happens to be my cousin”.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/td-who-cut-salary-in-half-gives-out-plum-jobs-to-family-members-26718383.html

    1. Cowenwatch

      Fine Heal and core values?

      The Main (witha capital m) leading that party gave up on any core values when he put his own ego first to be the first consecutive FG Taoiseach. A kick in the teeth for party members and then there’s poor Labour. Nuff said!

    2. Otis Blue

      Didn’t he commit some (half?) of his Dail salary to keep a teacher employed in a local National School. Did he actually do so and for what length of time.

      Patronage of this type isn’t at all acceptable IMO.

    3. Kieran NYC

      Why not hire his wife in a fairly low level position? Presumably he knows they work well together and can do the job, FFS.

  6. nellyb

    “Griffin also helped his other cousin to get his old council seat” – onus is on whomever sealed the candidate for position.

    1. Barry the Hatchet

      Well ultimately yes but (as the linked article states) Griffin seconded his cousin’s nomination at the convention held to fill the seat.

  7. LW

    I couldn’t see Kenny lasting the summer before this statement, but I don’t see the benefit of making it. To the party at least, I suppose it’s making a name for Griffin or whatever, but I don’t see how this public backstabbing is going to endear FG to the electorate. Is there anything to be said for examining their policies, in order to make themselves more attractive, instead of this tea-leaf reading and blaming Kenny. I’m no fan of Kenny, but the trio in waiting had a big part in the election strategy too, it’s not like the party is going to be changed significantly when Varadkar gets the reins

  8. bisted

    …the FFers are playing a blinder at the moment so it won’t matter who the blueshirts crown next…Frillys FF+SF+Soc Dems looking more likely by the day…in the r̶e̶p̶u̶b̶l̶i̶c̶a̶n̶ national interest…

          1. bisted

            …was it not the Shinners who kept their promise not to go into government unless they were the ‘main’ party…anyway, next time round there will be an ‘accommodation’.

          2. Kieran NYC

            Maybe if SF start killing more people in the South they might negotiate themselves into government in about 30 years.

  9. Kolmo

    A party of careerist snakes and bottom-crawling corporate scorpions. a grim way to use use up one’s time on earth.

  10. AdvertisingOnPoliceCars

    Varadkar vile toe rag.. did NOTHING when in charge of HSE, expert at “tut tutting” and doing a running commentary on the failings of the health service like a spectator, yet was expert at disassociating himself from the area that was HIS responsibility. He “came out” is his only claim to fame.

    1. Nigel

      There’s a lot of stigma associated with being a Minister For Health and it takes a lot of courage to come out of the Cabinet as one.

    2. Kieran NYC

      He got HUGE budget increases that would have kept people alive.

      But yeah. Snide remarks about his sexuality. Cool.

  11. DubLoony

    He’s compliaing about lack of eelction readiness.
    Remind me now, when was the last election? FFS!

    70 days negotiating a cobbled together cabinet with junior ministerial jobs for all the boys to keep them quiet.

    FF polls are rising (while still recovering from the recession that they left us with the last time).
    They and only they will decide when the plug is pulled. the deal was to last 3 budgets but will be lucky if its just one.

    September for #GE16-2

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