Tuesday 28 February 2017

Labour outwits Fine Gael to chalk up a scarce win on timing of General Election

John Downing

John Downing


Well this time it really was "Labour's way." After a full week of flirting with the idea of an election next month, and with Labour issuing strong and very public warnings to him, Enda Kenny yesterday went back to Plan A - an election next spring, not in November.

For a full seven days, Enda Kenny had presented a political farce in which he starred as the Grand Ol' Duke of York. Borrowing from that endearing English nursery rhyme, Enda Kenny had taken his blue-shirted election troops and then: "He marched them up to the top of the hill/And he marched them down again."

Yesterday afternoon Mr Kenny, in an interview on RTÉ's 'The Week in Politics', went back to his old mantra of an election in spring 2016.

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