Lise Hand: Air Miles Enda off to flying start as Italians lay on the Full Monti
THE Taoiseach was greeted by a trumpet fanfare upon his arrival at the Italian prime minister's headquarters in Rome yesterday morning.
How conventional. Up to a few months ago, Enda may very well have been greeted at the door of the Palazzo Chigi by an inspection guard of scantily clad showgirls. But the preposterous, priapic prime minster Silvio Berlusconi is no longer in situ.
Wearied by his antics at a time when their economy was sliding into deep crisis, the Italians (and the troika) said "basta basta" to bunga bunga, and Berlusconi was replaced last November by the decidedly unflamboyant technocrat, Mario Monti.