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Hussey bemoans "laddishness" in Irish culture

Former FG Minister criticises Enda Kenny’s handling of Sheehan’s threatening of a Garda and says she would not have backed Enda in leadership heave.

FORMER FINE GAEL minister Gemma Hussey has complained about the “laddishness” in Irish culture after she tweeted this morning that Enda Kenny should have dealt with PJ Sheehan “on the spot” when he threatened a Garda while drunk.

Hussey was a guest on this morning’s Tubridy Show on 2fm after she tweeted “Sad Sheehan incident should have been dealt with there and then by FG leader who was on the spot – two months later is too late” this morning.

The former Minister for Labour said that she had “propped up a few bar tables” in her time but still felt there was too much “laddishness” in Irish life. But Hussey said she could not equate Sheehan’s drunken threat with Brian Cowen’s  performance during an interview on Morning Ireland last week.

“I don’t really think you can put the two of them on the same level. Unfortunately Brian has to face the situation where he is the Taoiseach of a very troubled country.”

Hussey went on to further discuss Enda Kenny’s leadership, saying that she would not have backed the Fine Gael leader in the summer’s leadership heave.  ”I wouldn’t have been in his camp and I think Enda knows that. But I’m not a member of Fine Gael. I think Fine Gael should be way up the stratosphere in the polls.”
“He’s there very firmly now though. He showed a kind of leadership during that heave.”

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