Monday 16 January 2017

John Drennan: Fragrant Enda has whiff of eau de Fianna Fail

Despite his reforming zeal in opposition, the Taoiseach has dodged tough decisions, writes John Drennan

Published 13/11/2011 | 05:00

Enda Kenny will well recall that during that more innocent age where Ireland's main soap opera was a farming drama called The Riordans, one of the national catch-cries of the time was "Get up the yard, there's a terrible smell of Benjy [Riordan] off you."

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Mr Kenny is a somewhat more elevated creature than the gormless, eternally dung-spattered Benjy but if one was looking to summarise the current standing of our not-so-shiny Taoiseach, a variant on the lines of "Get up the yard Enda, there's a terrible smell of Fianna Fail off you'' would not be too inaccurate.

Very little time has passed since that smiling, nodding, winking and saying hello to the Queen and Obama stuff, but ever since Enda stopped playing at being Minister for Foreign Affairs, and actually got down to the job he was elected to do, his popularity has come to a shuddering halt.

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