Poor Denis, seems NOBODY loves him and in the last few days even government Ministers (with the blessing of Enda of course) like Varadkar and Nash have rounded on O’Brien.
Nash even described Dinny’s nemesis Catherine Murphy today on the radio as “my colleague Catherine Murphy”. Enda is a vindictive man and jettisons friends when they become a liability to him and his ambitions in any way – Frank Flannery, Hogan, James Reilly, Lucinda … the list is getting longer.
At the moment O’Brien is persona non grata, the most despised man in Ireland and with the General Election getting closer and closer, Enda must keep his good buddy for many many years at arms length to stop him contaminating the Fine Gael brand (and Enda’s dream of being Taoiseach again).
Enda will still welcome the spondulas from O’Brien of course. But he’ll tell Dinny not to come in the front door, just slip quietly in the back and to be sure to watch his back in case that bloody Murphy woman is snooping around.