Sunday 25 June 2017

How to spin and win in the great political lotto

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

As the lotto approaches €6 million this weekend, Enda Kenny should contemplate taking a trip to his local shop to have a flutter, because his luck is in, it seems. If we are to believe his interpretation of the Fennelly Commission Interim Report, that is. The Taoiseach says he had absolutely nothing to do with the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan's retirement and, if he did, he didn't mean to. So it's really quite possible that our Taoiseach could hit the lotto jackpot by merely turning up at the shop and smacking his head on the lotto machine.

Speculation about the events surrounding the premature retirement of Commissioner Callinan have been bouncing around the corridors of Government Buildings for months, like an unexploded grenade with the pin taken out.

This week, the Government endeavoured to carpet the grenade by smothering it, ensuring that the ensuing blast was more muffled than explosive.

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