Fionnan Sheahan: Kenny must learn failure is never far away for any party
Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00
Taoiseach Enda Kenny suffered his worst electoral defeat this weekend since becoming Fine Gael leader almost a decade ago.
His party's approach to the presidential election, by-election and referendums was reminiscent of the sense of entitlement and attitude of complacency that lead to Fine Gael's demise in 2002, when its very existence was under threat.
During the late 1990s, the party felt it would be just a matter of time before it would be back in power as, in their arrogance, elements felt the electorate would soon recognise Fine Gael's supposed superiority.