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John Downing: Why Enda the quiet liberal is an inbetweener in divisive debate

Published 16/11/2012 | 07:00

WHERE does Taoiseach Enda Kenny personally stand on this Irish alternative trinity of issues – abortion, contraception and divorce – which have so divided Ireland for two generations?

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The short answer is that he is much like the rest of middle Ireland – a believer in live-and-let-live and always hopeful that there won't be too much fuss about such matters. Through 37 years in Dail politics, Enda Kenny has always been mildly, generally liberal on these issues and he has always been equally keen not to advertise this too strongly, too often.

One Fine Gael contemporary of the Taoiseach summed up Mr Kenny's stance in the recurring 'unholy trinity of issues'.

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