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The Irish Times/YouTube/ Getty ImagesIn November, the Irish Times published an obituary of former Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
It said that he died in December 2015 aged 69.
In an interview with RTÉ Radio One last month, he said that his father was a political leader and a friend.
He added that he believed he would have to leave politics if his father were to die, but said that was not in his nature.
The obit had an oblique reference to his father, who was known for his ability to take risks, including running for the leadership of Fine Gael in the 1980s.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that the prime minister “deeply regrets” the obit.
He said he would not be speaking to The Irish Sun on this issue at this time.
However, he did say that Kenny was a “genius” in politics, saying: “I think the Irish people would be very proud of him for being such a brilliant politician, a great leader and for the way he acted on his own.”
On Wednesday, the Fine Gael leader said he was not aware of the comments.
The Taoiseach said: “If I have to respond, I’m going to do so on the basis that I was asked, I did not respond.”