Wednesday 18 January 2017

Kenny brings an end to a Dáil term that promised much but delivered few changes

Published 04/02/2016 | 02:30

Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Enda Kenny's paraphrase of the magical Gaelic poet Antoine Ó Raifteirí was one of the very few poetic touches in this most prosaic Dáil term, which ran from March 9, 2011, until February 2, 2016.

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Ironically, one of the few other touches of poetry came in the Coalition's agreed programme - the 'Statement of Common Purpose' published at the very start. It spoke of a "democratic revolution" in the recent general election and rightly attributed at least some of the economic meltdown to our old ways of doing things, with cronyism, and a serious lack of accountability, openness and proper governance.

It cited the words of Albert Einstein as a guiding light for government: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." It also spoke of the need for urgency. "There isn't a moment to be lost," the document's lofty preamble concluded.

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