Kenny Egan is running in the Clondalkin ward on a campaign focusing on youth issues on the area. He is clearly passionate about the issues and here's hoping he puts in a good show in the campaign. He appears to be less passionate about Fine Gael.
We had thought that Kenny Egan was a true blue Fine Gaeler, an admirer of WT Cosgrave and Garret Fitzgerald. We had visions of him as a youngster, standing up at Young Fine Gael conferences alongside Leo Varadkar and Lucinda Creighton debating the 'Just Society' and Garret's legacy to the party. Something like William Hague at Tory party events all those years ago.
However, he has us doubting our own assessment with his comments today. His new party colleagues could have done without this quote coming up.
Kenny Egan: "It didn't matter what party it was to be honest with you".
— Ronan McGreevy (@RMcGreevy1301) February 10, 2014
Kenny acknowledged that he expected a few "F--- offs" on the doorsteps "but that's part of it." Egan, who has written a bracing autobiography about his battles with addiction, is anxious to educate young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
“I’m honest in everything I do. There will be no skeletons in the closet. I’ll tell them my stories, and there are some horror stories. It’s not all rosy. We need to start educating children about the dangers of alcohol.”