Saturday 23 September 2017

Going back to the future with Enda's 'new' team

The sight of the latest FG front bench is a reminder of how little changes in politics, writes Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

PLUS ca change, as the French say: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Last week, Enda Kenny revealed his new Fine Gael front bench, and, to be quite honest, it looked an awful lot like the old front bench.

Not only did he bring back many of the rebels who tried to oust him -- he had to, given that they represent most of the party's real talent -- but he also dusted down old stalwarts like Michael Noonan and Sean Barrett, who seem genuinely historic. Barrett is someone I used to see on an election poster when I was a small boy, and Noonan is a bruiser from decades past whose return has been treated by the political media as something akin to Charles de Gaulle returning to Paris to found the Fifth Republic.

Watching the front bench walking up Kildare Street was like the scene of the Birmingham Six, and their veteran besuited supporters, emerging blinking into the daylight after years spent in prison. Except the FG lags are still in opposition and nothing has changed. Same old, same old, as they say.

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