Sunday 4 December 2016

Enda wants to reassure Mayo that potholed roads are paved with gold

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny opens a bottle bank in his hometown of Castlebar, Co Mayo
Taoiseach Enda Kenny opens a bottle bank in his hometown of Castlebar, Co Mayo

It's a Monday morning, you're running a country which has just tottered out of the most calamitous economic collapse in its history. You have some tricky events looming, including the setting-up of a fiendishly complicated commission of investigation, and also an important meeting with David Cameron in Downing Street regarding Britain's referendum on quitting the EU.

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So what do you do on a Monday? Well, if you're Enda Kenny, Fine Gael TD for Mayo, you travel the short distance from home to a Castlebar car park to open a new underground bottle bank. Not a money bank, but a bottle bank.

The Taoiseach has been a very busy man of late around his constituency. For several months he has been conspicuous by his presence around his political patch, on Fridays and Mondays in particular. For instance, last Friday morning he officially opened the extensive refurbishment of Our Lady's School in Belmullet, and then that evening he opened a pub, the Connaught Inn in Castlebar, before officially launching the new marina at Lough Beltra outside his home town.

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