No longer FG's Lucky General, Enda Kenny is facing the final act - aged 65
Tomorrow Enda Kenny turns 65, and next week, unless he is victim of a surprise last-minute hitch, he will be elected Taoiseach for a second consecutive term.
Ever a man of upbeat disposition, he has weeks ago decided that life could be a lot worse for someone of his age and station. His colleagues and supporters will strongly argue that he has achieved more than many of the Fine Gael snoots who spent a long time doing him down.
He is set to be the first in that party to win two back-to-back terms as Taoiseach and he enthuses about leading Ireland into a new way of doing politics. He has several times lauded the huge opportunity for "liberating and exciting political change." And there is the attendant private hope that it is an opportunity to play a leading role shaping a workable government from chaotic Dáil arithmetic.