Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside RTÉ last night
Last night during the Leaders’ Debate on RTÉ One.
Miriam O’Callaghan: “You promised, and I quote you, ‘a democratic revolution’. You were going to reinvent our country and yet one of the most embarrassing crony examples, John McNulty, you appointed him to the board of IMMA to get him on to a bigger board, the Seanad. You out Bertied Bertie….Taoiseach this was naked cronyism and, to be fair, you said at the time, you left your own standards and integrity down.”
Enda Kenny: “Yes.”
O’Callaghan: “What did you mean by that? What did you do?”
Kenny: “What I did was, I didn’t, what I did was make an appointment that did not need to be made. And I’ve changed the rules since then…”
In respect of the appointment to the board of IMMA, that was made by the Minister, Deputy Heather Humphreys, exercising her right as the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in respect of examining the qualifications of Mr. McNulty, who is a completely innocent person in this regard. Mr. McNulty was formally nominated on 17 September.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny addressing the Dáil on September 30, 2014.
Previously: The Crony Crisis Timeline
The John Deasy Transcript
H/T: Elaine Byrne and Kildare Street