Kenny defends leadership at marathon party meeting

Kenny defends leadership at marathon party meeting
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny

The Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has faced down critics in his parliamentary party who have expressed unhappiness with his handling of the George Lee affair.

A five-hour meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators last night heard a range of blunt criticisms of Mr Kenny, his front bench team, and party officials.

The party leader urged his troops to draw a line under the affair, and not to make any further comment or criticism on Mr Lee's departure.

Speaking after the meeting, Fine Gael's Simon Coveney said TDs made it clear they will be demanding more from their leader from now on.

"You will see a party, after a difficult week, very united and strong behind Enda," Deputy Coveney said.

"But also being very demanding of him, because we are a very ambitious party at the moment, and the next general election offers fantastic opportunity for Fine Gael.

"Enda is going to lead that effort, but he is going to be pushed all the way by us to make sure that he is performing as we know he can."

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