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Iarnrod Enda Ex-Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he's 'no Robert DeNiro' on his RTE show

"I said to them in the beginning, 'I will do this because it's in Irish and it's a great story but I'm not Robert DeNiro.'

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Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in RTÉ One's Iarnród Enda

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in RTÉ One's Iarnród Enda

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in RTÉ One's Iarnród Enda

Enda Kenny has said that he signed up to do his new TV show because he has a passion for Irish and transport but warned that he’s 'No Robert DeNiro.'

His new show, Iarnrod Enda, aired on RTÉ One on April 5th and shows the former Taoiseach cycling around the country and recounting the history of the railway system.

Speaking on Q102's Breakfast Show, Enda spoke of his passion for trains and the Irish language, which convinced him to take part in the show.

He said: “I said to them in the beginning, ‘I will do this because it's in Irish and it's a great story but I'm not Robert DeNiro.’

“It's a very different kind of business for me than I was doing before, and as far as I'm concerned there's nothing in it for me other than to say it's about the Irish language.

“It's a great story of the development of the rail system and the economic and social impact in the beginning and the reason for the decline, and if you have cooperation and agreement among people how you can transform that into a spin-off for everybody.”

Viewers of his RTE show were quick to notice that Enda’s hair had become quite unruly with no access to hairdressers, and he joked that he could “win a man bun competition” at this stage.

“I'd win a man bun competition if there's one now,” he laughed.

“But in respect of the rail programmes, people say to me, ‘If you get your hair cut you broke the rules,’ even though my wife said, ‘I’ll cut your hair for you if you wish.’”

He told listeners that he has been using lockdown to work on his hobbies and spend time with his family at home in Mayo.

Enda shared: “I'm a DIY expert, I've done more painting than Michelangelo but I didn't get the credit, but I'm happy with my lot.

He added that the family bonding over quarantine has been great and has allowed him to reflect.

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“Family are very important. In our own case, we have two working from home that you wouldn't expect to work from home,” he said.

“They are in their twenties, and there's a great bonding there that wouldn't have been available before. In the previous job I was gone all the time, there is time and reflection on all of that.”

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