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Thursday 16 August 2018

Enda's aides get undies in twist over brief stunt

A RADIO journalist was asked to leave a Fine Gael rally after party spin doctors foiled a plan to ensure Enda Kenny was "well-briefed" ahead of the election.

Quirky Newstalk reporter Henry McKean was quietly asked to exit the Aviva Stadium before attempting to present the Fine Gael leader with an unusual pre-election present of expensive undies.

The stunt followed an interview with Mr Kenny's wife Fionnuala last week in which she revealed that he has just one pair of designer underpants.

She gave voters an unusual insight into the future Taoiseach's domestic life, although she couldn't remember what colour his Calvin Kleins were.

After leaving the Aviva, Mr McKean told the Herald that he was only hoping to add a bit of colour to Mr Kenny's underwear drawer but his aides weren't seeing the funny side.

"I went out and bought him six new pairs of Calvins costing €177, one for every day of the week in different colours of the political parties, and a pair of Hugo Boss in red to represent the Labour Party and Eamon Gilmore," he explained.

"The idea was to make sure that our next Taoiseach was well briefed and feeling comfortable downstairs," said the reporter who was hoping to pull off the stunt for The Sean Moncrieff Show.

Mr Kenny was cheered by over 500 supporters and his Dublin candidates during the high-profile rally to launch "the final push" ahead of Friday's vote.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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