Saturday 21 October 2017

Politics is a game of two halves and Enda's got one more to go

Enda Kenny's greatest gift has been to communicate a more upbeat message to a nation very battered after the events since autumn 2008, according to John Downing
Enda Kenny's greatest gift has been to communicate a more upbeat message to a nation very battered after the events since autumn 2008, according to John Downing
John Downing

John Downing

ON Wednesday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny will face into what will certainly be a gruelling second half of his expected five-year term in office. There is a referendum on his own personal crusade to abolish Seanad Eireann in just 18 days' time.

Just 11 days on from that, there will be the little matter of yet another hair-shirt Budget on October 15. This year the Government has the mixed blessing of having some choices, but that one is complicated by what will certainly be strong demands from Labour, which badly needs to post 'some Budget wins'.

As well as coping with coalition tensions from the Labour side, Mr Kenny must also deal with considerable internal Fine Gael dissent. Seven of the eight 'FG exiles' outside the parliamentary party have now formed their own loose Reform Alliance.

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