Battle stations - Enda ready to go over the top in a war to win hearts and minds
Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30
Taoiseach Enda Kenny may not have enjoyed Christmas as much as usual, as the impending election lingers auspiciously in the background with all the inevitability of a half-cooked Brussels sprout. The controversy over his visibility during the flooding crisis will also have dampened his spirits. Today, Enda Kenny has been Taoiseach for four years and 10 months - give or take. As his term draws to a close, the substantive question is this; does he deserve to be returned to the top office for a second spin on the merry-go-round?
Swept into power on a tidal wave of anger, adversity and raw public emotion on March 9, 2011, he took the reins. Since then, he has attempted to chaperone us through austerity while keeping a weather eye permanently on his own re-election. Ever the political pragmatist, he has charted a cautious course. While at times difficult and monotonous, he has brought us closer to our ultimate destination - economic recovery.
Under his tutelage, the Irish economy is set to grow by over 6pc for 2015.