Monday 20 February 2017

No imminent coup, but Kenny's credibility has been badly dented

Published 11/07/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin yesterday.
Photo: Stephen Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Collins

'What is compound interest? Well, compound interest is interest on interest," an uncle of mine, who lived to a venerable and prosperous age, liked to reflect when talk turned to embattled farmers' many travails with the banks and other lenders.

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Similarly, we can extend the maxim to "compound instability". On May 6, 70 days after an inconclusive General Election, we got a minority hybrid coalition led by a battered Fine Gael, incorporating some unlikely Independents, and propped up by a Fianna Fáil party looking towards a much brighter medium-term future.

Another word for that was "instability". And 11 weeks later we very definitely have "compound instability".

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