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Despite all the talk, Enda has still said little of real substance

Published 02/04/2011 | 05:00

Whoever wrote Enda Kenny's speech in the Dail on Tuesday did a good job. Who could argue against us re-establishing a moral code in our society and restoring public confidence to politics, which the Taoiseach pledged to do during the debate on the Moriarty Tribunal report.

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The word that kept cropping up as you listened to this fine rhetoric, though, was: but -- but, but, but. Enda was promising the sun, the moon and the stars when it came to de-polluting Irish society from political corruption, but there was this lingering sense that he was speaking out of one side of his mouth.

It was as much about what he hasn't said in relation to all of this, as what he did say. It's not just that he was equivocal about whether Michael Lowry should resign as a Dail deputy, putting about that old line about not wanting to prejudice any future case; but he also failed to address, in fact simply ignored, the issues that are on so many minds in relation to Fine Gael and the Tipperary North TD.

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