Thursday 19 October 2017

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

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

John Downing

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.

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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