Cap'n Kenny's a Jolly Roger as he insists plain sailing ahead
A €3.8bn Budget may be looming like a lethal iceberg on the wintry horizon, but Cap'n Kenny and his Chief Purser Michael Noonan set sail yesterday to bring one clear message to the Irish electorate and to our ever-vigilant European overlords.
And the message was this: the Irish ship of state is no longer the Titanic. Nor is it a Man O'War pirate ship crewed by buccaneers hell-bent on peppering the euro with cannon-balls. Or most emphatically, it sure as hell isn't a badly holed Greek trireme either.
No sirree. The Jolly Roger has been lowered, and a mutiny by the voters saw the Fianna Fail pirates walk the plank. And now in its place is the carefully-scrubbed Good Ship Hibernia which is negotiating through the shark-infested waters of the global recession with a crew of responsible navigators.