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Paddy likes to know the story Enda, so it's time for an interview

Who would you most like to see interviewing Enda Kenny?

An in-depth sit down interview that is, not a made-for-news-package soundbite.

A nothing off limits, half-hour long forensic encounter. Vincent Browne? Miriam O Callaghan? Pat Kenny? Or Ryan Tubridy?

Well, they all want a bite of that political cherry but it's unlikely he'll oblige.

In the words of Fox news anchor Gretchen Carlson when Obama appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Kenny's advisers believed it would be 'nutso'. Though Carlson was referring to what she believed was a lowering of the presidential office by appearing on chat shows.

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It would be 'nutso' for Kenny to appear on The Late Late Show because the Fine Gael strategy is to limit his exposure to public and journalistic scrutiny.

Unless it's a nicely choreographed interview that won't trip him up, such as Gay Byrne's The Meaning of Life, where we got incredible insight into the man. (He revealed how he won over his wife. 'I gave her the aul' wink'. Seriously.)

This week Ryan Tubridy told his radio morning show listeners that Enda Kenny turns down requests to appear on The Late Late Show "every other week".

Tubridy said since: "Now maybe he's busy but since I've done the Late Late Show, in six years, the sitting Taoiseach of the day has come on the show."

No disrespect to Ryan but he's no Vincent nor Paxman and one would have thought that coming out of a Tubridy interview in one piece would be a hell of a lot more likely than being subject to Vincent Browne. In terms of entertainment though, I know which one I'd watch.

Going straight for the jugular in an interview has been described by former Blair spindoctor Tim Allan as "punk political journalism" - journalism that puts the journalist centre stage.

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Punk political journalism aside, a standard interview would be one where Enda would consider it a success if he didn't say anything that would make the public really, really angry.

Tubs would consider it a success if the exchange produced "a line", though more than likely it would be the line Enda came to deliver.

Kenny said it himself in 2011 in an interview with Richard Crowley - the Irish people like to know what's going on.

Enda told Crowley that "the incoming government is not going to leave our people in the dark...Paddy likes to know what the story is".

Well Paddy did then. And Paddy would still like to know. It wouldn't be nutso at all, to tell Paddy what the story is.

Either with Ryan or Vincent. At this stage, anyone would do.


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