Friday 22 September 2017

Enda's forgotten eejit may rear his head again

The Taoiseach has tended to come across as childish about the election date. It doesn't bode well for a long campaign, says Brendan O'Connor

Dear leader: Enda Kenny after giving his Taoiseach’s address at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 earlier this year
Dear leader: Enda Kenny after giving his Taoiseach’s address at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 earlier this year
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

There is one very good reason for Fine Gael to call an election as soon as possible. That reason is Enda. If things go on the way they've been going for the last couple of weeks, there is a very real danger that people are going to remember how they used to feel about Enda.

It can be hard to remember now, but there was a time in this country when Enda Kenny couldn't get arrested, never mind elected as Taoiseach, never mind for the second time. There was a time, very recently, when even Enda's own party had no confidence in him, when people used to say they would leave the country if he ever became Taoiseach.

That kind of thing has been largely lost in the mists of time now, mainly by a fairly stunning economic turnaround. While people don't tend to actively give Enda credit for this, they are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn't stand in the way of it. Noonan is the man who mainly gets the credit. To many, he is our Churchill. Fianna Fail, of course, still point out that it was actually Brian Lenihan who came up with the plan. And of course the world played ball with us on it as well, on everything from oil prices to currencies.

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