Speaking at the Fine Gael “think in” in Co Laois Mr Kenny didn’t comment directly on the rebels’ weekend meeting saying in Dublin he was more interested in the people attending the Parliamentary party meeting in Co Laois.
“I’m interested obviously in the people who are here, the ministers, the deputies and the senators. Our job is to continue the progress made by Government on the mandate given to us and I am not interested in superfluous conversations that have nothing to do with the problems we face every day,” he said.
Mr Kenny received the backing of Transport and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar who said as politicians they were there “to serve the public” and that he felt most people were “not interested in the internal issues of a party”.
The rebel TDs and senators comprising Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins, Peter Mathews, Terence Flanagan and Denis Naughten, Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy Eames, met in Dublin on Saturday under the Reform Alliance name insisting they were not a new political party but a “loose grouping”.
The group which has a twitter account, a registered website and will have a logo, upped the political tempo by saying it will vote against the Government where they believe pre-election promises were being broken.
It’s been reported that Dublin South TD Peter Mathews was involved in angry exchanges with party activists over his opposition to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. The heated exchange lasted up to an hour and a half where FG members “went through Mathews for a short cut”, it was reported.