Wednesday 18 January 2017

John Downing: 'Time' is on Enda's side, but such praise can be short-lived

Published 06/10/2012 | 17:00

'Time' magazine sees Taoiseach Enda Kenny as competent, relatively
caring and, above all, pursuing the necessary tough policies to manage
the economic crisis
'Time' magazine sees Taoiseach Enda Kenny as competent, relatively caring and, above all, pursuing the necessary tough policies to manage the economic crisis

TIME magazine's latest front cover could oblige that venerable Irish political class, the 'begrudgers', to contemplate the dangerous prospect that Enda Kenny just might be a prophet after all.

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Thanks to the US news magazine's reach, the Taoiseach, and by extension Ireland, will get a positive billing all across Europe in places where such coverage can do real and tangible good. Its European edition will be read in the dear seats at the front of aeroplanes, in swish hotels, and in boardrooms. It will do no harm at all to the prospects of sustaining existing overseas investment and it just might even help tip the balance in favour of new projects locating here.

Enda Kenny is portrayed as competent, relatively caring, and above all as pursuing the necessary tough policies. The report dares to suggest Ireland could be something of a crisis-management model for our EU neighbours.

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