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John Downing: Why Kenny is no longer the unlikely Taoiseach

Published 20/07/2013 | 05:00

Enda Kenny with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton
Enda Kenny with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton

JUST this time three years ago he was rated too lightweight to be Taoiseach – but now his leadership style is being compared with that of Charlie Haughey, and his government tactics are likened to Nazi propagandists.

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As he heads towards the mid-point in his government's five-year term, Enda Kenny is looking less like 'The Unlikely Taoiseach' as his many critics had styled him. He has pushed through the country's first ever abortion legislation with minimal party losses, delivered some home truths to the Catholic Church, finally advancing the blurred distinctions between church and state.

He has shown political steel and skill which many people doubted he had.

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