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The passing of Queen Elizabeth, energy crisis and forthcoming Budget all discussed as Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting gets underway in Kilkenny city

The event runs today and tomorrow

The passing of Queen Elizabeth, the energy crisis and the upcoming Budget were all being discussed as the Fine Gael leader arrived in Kilkenny today ahead of the party think-in.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar TD pictured with Lamber de Bie and Pat Hennessy of Lamber de Bie Flowers at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Meeting (Think-In) in Kilkenny. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar went on a walkabout of the city, meeting with individuals and businesses locally.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Meeting (Think-In) in Kilkenny. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

He then addressed the media alongside Justice Minister Helen McEntee, Carlow Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan and Chair of the FG Parliamentary Party Richard Bruton as they prepared to sit down with colleagues ahead of a new Dáil term.

Picture Dylan Vaughan.

They’re set to discuss a range of topics today and tomorrow (Saturday) and some of this was touched upon in this morning’s media address:

Eimear Ní Bhraonáin broadcast KCLR Live from the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel as the event was getting underway:

KCLR LIVE: Live at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Thinking at The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel – Friday, 9th September 2022

Meanwhile, a number of the party’s personnel used the location of the event to arrive a day early for various reasons.

Minister Simon Harris had good news for Grennan College Equestrian Centre in Thomastown, Minister Simon Coveney was at Lyrath Estate Hotel for the ASA conference, Minister Heather Humphreys visited Callan, Minister Helen McEntee helped to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of Amber Women’s Refuge and Junior Minister Damien English stopped off in Castlecomer.

Added to that Fianna Fáil’s Minister Michael McGrath was in Kilkenny too to officially open the newly expanded DPD depot.