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John Drennan: Enigmatic Enda, the real Teflon Taoiseach

The Fine Gael leader has so far been a lucky general but there are tougher battles ahead, warns John Drennan

Published 17/07/2011 | 05:00

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny 'has been a magnet for the stardust of decisive amiablity previously associated with Ronald Reagan'
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny 'has been a magnet for the stardust of decisive amiablity previously associated with Ronald Reagan'

It is strange but true that all successful politicians are ultimately unknowable. Whether it was Charlie 'the Boss' Haughey, Garret 'the good' FitzGerald or Bertie 'the sociable loner' Ahern, inscrutability is as critical in politics as it is in poker.

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Enda Kenny's happy-go-lucky public persona means he should be as easy to read as short-lived leaders such as Albert Reynolds, John Bruton and Biffo.

However, the more we examine Mr Kenny, who is in his own way as much of a 'sociable loner' as Bertie, the more enigmatic a figure he appears to be.

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