Gene Kerrigan: Kenny's good intentions won't save day
The new Taoiseach can try to be inspiring but it means nothing in the face of unfair policies, writes Gene Kerrigan
No Taoiseach in the history of the State has come into office on such a wave of goodwill as does Enda Kenny. Part of that is because of his nice guy persona. Part of it is relief that we're finally done with the embarrassment of the Cowen/Lenihan antics. Much of it has to do with fear.
If he gets things right -- the mantra goes -- we'll get out of this awful mess. If he doesn't -- well, the country could become an economic sinkhole, perhaps for the rest of this century.
So, we cheer. Come on, Enda, do the business. I've met the man, and he's good with people. Populists like Bertie Ahern and Charlie Haughey had surface charm, but they used a rehearsed patter that sought to flatter and to create a false intimacy.