Sunday 4 December 2016

Enda and his mojo are going nowhere for now

If you look at all the key players at a human level, you can only conclude that Kenny will stay in power

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

STAYING POWER: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he will be around for a reshuffle and another few budgets; Michael Noonan is seen as Kenny’s brain. Photo: Gerry Mooney
STAYING POWER: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he will be around for a reshuffle and another few budgets; Michael Noonan is seen as Kenny’s brain. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The clamour started again last week. The same handful of backbenchers no one has ever heard of, and one or two more Fine Gaelers without jobs in government, stepped up to say Kenny had to go. The "and Leo must take over" is silent in that sentence. The media is only too happy to jump on this because the media likes change and the media likes Leo - Leo is like them, all modern and metropolitan. So Kenny is written off. Might make it to just after the Budget, might make it to the New Year, but ultimately doomed.

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Kenny had, we were told, incensed the party by casually announcing that he would be around for a reshuffle next year and another few budgets. He incensed everyone by announcing he had his mojo back. Cringe! How Austin Powers! Sexual overtones! There was an ageism underlying it all. And of course Enda, a countryman talking about his mojo, contrasted sharply with metropolitan Leo.

No one thought to mention that Kenny actually sounded energised. No one thought to mention that it was refreshing to hear Kenny being upfront about not enjoying the election. No one thought to wonder about the notion of this man going away for the summer and clearly regenerating.

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