Yesterday evening (5.30pm).
Senator Catherine Noone’s campaign headquarters in Sutton, Dublin 13.
Last Friday, Ms Noone described Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “autistic” while she was being questioned by Times Ireland journalist Brian Mahon about his performance on the Virgin Media One head-to-head debate with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.
Via Christian Morris
Fiach Kelly, in The Irish Times, reported that Fine Gael had decided to “pause” the constituency voting tactic between Minister for Communications Richard Bruton and Ms Noone, who is his running mate.
However, Mr Bruton, on Virgin Media One’s The Tonight Show subsequently said this was not the case.
Getting worse for @FineGael
— Mick Caul (@caulmick) January 29, 2020
(Mick Caul is a campaign volunteer for the Social Democrats)
Mr Kelly then reported that Fine Gael did a U-turn….
…with Mr Bruton even claiming suggestions of a pause in the divide were a “fabrication”. Sources afterwards said the publication of an Irish Times report had caused internal controversy and prompted the U-turn.
The earlier decision came after a series of meetings between Ms Noone and senior party figures, such as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe who is Fine Gael’s director of elections, and Tom Curran, the general secretary.
Ms Noone is understood to have asked she be given the opportunity to explain herself in a broadcast media interview.
It is understood Mr Donohoe and Mr Curran decided against putting Ms Noone out on the national airwaves.
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