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Will the Taoiseach regret dropping the wily strategist who resurrected the party

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with Frank Flannery, director of elections in 2009. Photo: Tom Burke
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with Frank Flannery, director of elections in 2009. Photo: Tom Burke
Frank Flannery at Leinster House in 2012. Picture: Tom Burke

Nothing epitomised how the careers of those who advise princes rarely end well more than Tenniel's famous 'dropping the pilot' cartoon featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II ordering the German chancellor Bismarck off the ship of state.

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The departing chancellor might have united Germany 'without firing a shot', but, once the new Kaiser felt he could do things better, Bismarck was dispensed with with a single haughty click of the fingers.

Outside of noting that many believe it was easier to unite Germany than Fine Gael, the exiling of Flannery has plenty of resonances with the fate of Bismarck.

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