Tuesday 28 February 2017

Sam Smyth: A good day for Enda, but not for FG

Sam Smyth

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny makes his way to Leinster House before the crucial parliamentary party meeting to vote on the leadership battle yesterday
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny makes his way to Leinster House before the crucial parliamentary party meeting to vote on the leadership battle yesterday

ENDA Kenny's victory yesterday was a retelling of the story of the old stag that outsmarted his younger rivals by deploying a rat-like cunning and plausible manner.

No one has ever doubted his geniality, but Mr Kenny had the wit to bring in bad lieutenants with rodents' instincts to further his interests.

But the now undisputed leader of Fine Gael had another advantage over his opponents: the inherited knowledge learned through generations in the second-oldest profession.

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