Sunday 4 December 2016

Enda's time is past, let Noonan have his chance

Michael Noonan is the 'de facto' leader of Fine Gael and the ideal candidate to become our next Taoiseach, writes Brendan O'Connor

Published 12/12/2010 | 05:00

IT is perhaps a sign of our national obsession with Fianna Fail that the talk on everyone's lips last week was about who will lead the party in to an election.

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Towards the end of the week it became clear that, on account of some apparently sterling performances whereby we apparently saw the old combative Brian Cowen again, the Taoiseach is apparently "back in control of the party". This is despite the fact that he enjoys the support of only one in 10 of the public, an alarming figure for the leader of a party that is hardwired into the DNA of half the Irish people. But he is in control of the party, and that's what matters to Fianna Failers.

The real question that we should all be mulling over right now is not actually the Cowen question but that of who is our next Taoiseach. In other words, who will lead Fine Gael into the next election? The answer is probably Enda Kenny. Kenny has, as they say, 'full control of the party' since the recent botched heave he beat off with a combination of threats and inducements.

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