Leader of 'law and order' party now at a very tricky juncture
ENDA Kenny needs to move quickly on radical changes – talking about them is not enough.
Placing everything in the confines of a big over-arching commission of inquiry, as the Government has already announced, will help calm things in the short to medium term. But the Taoiseach needs very tangible signals that change is coming quickly.
Mr Kenny has little more than a calendar year to show that these problems afflicting An Garda Siochana and the Department of Justice are being faced. This is both a big threat and a big challenge to his rating as Taoiseach, which so far, has proved vastly better than the naysayers predicted on March 9, 2011, when he entered Government Buildings.