Monday October 26, 2020

Politics in Focus: The man behind the boss

No other individual has more control over the inner machinations of Enda Kenny's government than his chief of staff, Mark Kennelly, writes Niamh Connolly.

7th April, 2012
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny is rarely seen in public without his trusted chief of staff, Mark Kennelly, close by. Photo: Getty

Few TDs can get to Enda Kenny without first going through his chief of staff, Mark Kennelly. The Killarney native is the Taoiseach's loyal watchdog and the government's de facto programme manager.

His commitment to Kenny is absolute, insiders agree. "It's all about Enda - where Enda goes, what he does, who he meets. [Kennelly] is the most influential of all the components of government," a source said.

It is for this reason that last...

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