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Phantom of the political opera can hide – but real issue now is survival

Taoiseach who likes to bask in the imagined love of the citizenry has been sent stark message

Published 20/04/2014 | 02:30

Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Even by the Coalition's current Tales of the Twilight Zone-style standards, it was strange to see Enda Kenny sitting lonely as a thunder cloud in the Dail, scowling as Sinn Fein, Clare Daly, Fianna Fail and Mick Wallace pirouetted on the high moral ground over the establishment of the Fennelly Commission of Inquiry.

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It goes without saying that for those of a Fine Gael hue the spectacle of that quartet being on the side of the angels on the law and order front would be curious enough indeed. But what was even more intriguing was the isolated state of the Dear Leader.

Normally, Taoisigh in a Dail chamber are surrounded by back-benchers in the manner that a limping antelope on the Serengeti is joined by chuckling hyenas. Opportunities to remind a Dear Leader of your name and existence or to be merely seen sitting beside him on the news are rare.

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