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Face reality, Enda, and stop basking in limelight

Published 18/06/2011 | 05:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at a press conference to mark their 100th day in office. Photo: MARK CONDREN
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at a press conference to mark their 100th day in office. Photo: MARK CONDREN

This Government will be closer to 1,000 days in office, rather than the 100 it has just marked, before we have any idea whether it is a success or a disaster.

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The 100-days exercise is always a rather shallow one, but never more so than in our current circumstances. In fact, if we are looking for a significant marker, it will be in December on the day Finance Minister Michael Noonan stands up in the Dail to deliver this Government's first Budget.

In the months leading up to that, what will be most significant is the behaviour and actions of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. The signs from the pair have been encouraging in parts, but rather worrying in some significant others. They are falling far short in terms of preparing people for what needs to be done to keep us on track if we are to reach our ambition of a massive fiscal correction of almost €10bn this year and next.

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