Enda Kenny fields tough questions in Glenties

Donegal South West Fine Gael Selection convention

Before local issues were allowed dominate proceedings this evening in Glenties the Fine Gael leader faced questions on a number of issues. Not least on his own leadership role within the party given recent events and a poor poll showing , but also on the ongoing public row between Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Ryanair Chief Michael O'Leary.

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan's office has contacted Ryanair with a view to meeting with the airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary tomorrow to discuss his potential plans to create 300 aviation maintenance jobs at Dublin Airport.

It is expected that a time for the meeting will be confirmed in the morning. It follows widespread criticism of the Tanaiste and her handling of the situation.

Speaking in the heart of her constituency Deputy Enda Kenny pulled no punches: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/kenryanair4.mp3[/podcast]

Deputy Kenny also responded to questions over his leadership of Fine Gael and his handling of the George Lee saga:

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/kenonhimself.mp3[/podcast]