The relationship between Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore did not get off to an easy start. When Kenny rang Gilmore on the day after the 2011 general election to open discussions about a coalition government there was slapstick confusion between aides to the two men, with calls to an old mobile number being diverted to an unattended office phone, Gilmore wondering why Kenny hadn't called, Kenny wondering why Gilmore hadn't responded, and so on.
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