Kenny's long game will come good in short order
Enda Kenny's struggle for political recognition and power deserves the reward that voters seem to be offering him. He has pursued these objectives with dogged determination and against a deeply ingrained and deeply prejudiced opposition from the media.
He has had to contend with a potential partner, if he does not achieve an overall majority, who has distinguished himself by overweaning arrogance and a campaign that has been governed by an ill-judged, bombastic style.
Eamon Gilmore favoured himself as the future Taoiseach and had no fallback position. He, like Micheal Martin, under-estimated Kenny and, when they realised that they had done this, became increasingly critical in disparaging him. He ignored them.