The Denis factor

Why do Enda Kenny and Fine Gael jump out of their skin at the mere mention of anything to do with the richest man in the country?

14th June, 2015
Denis O’Brien: the Fine Gael side of the coalition, including the Taoiseach, seem unwilling to even utter his name in the Dáil

In the early months of this year, the coalition had recovered some of its pre-2014 sang-froid, avoided conspicuous cock-ups and consequently saw its poll ratings increase as the effects of the economic recovery – the only thing that can possibly win re-election for the two government parties, now their absolute and central priority – inexorably began to frame the political context.

That process has been interrupted by the Siteserv questions, the Denis O’Brien injunction, the...

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