Saturday 3 December 2016

Now the 'thinking' is out of the way, is there any chance of action?

Published 17/09/2016 | 02:30

TD's at the Fine Gael think in at the Keadeen Hotel. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
TD's at the Fine Gael think in at the Keadeen Hotel. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Some version of reality was played out this week as the political party 'think-in' season commenced against a backdrop of grave mood music for the Government. As our capital city ground to a screeching halt courtesy of striking bus drivers, there was a cacophony of claims against Nama's handling of the sale of taxpayers' assets.

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If that were not enough, we learned of an annual 10pc increase in the national average rent at a time when even the Government accepts that homelessness is our greatest social challenge. Apple, Brexit - small words, huge issues.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, unperturbed by the background noise, came back to work fighting fit and ready for action. Thrumming with energy (if not youthful exuberance) he attempted to draw a metaphorical line in the sand for his detractors. His declaration that he had once again found his "mojo" over the summer months (presumably while roaming the majestic fields of Mayo) was a revelation. You could almost hear his handler's buttocks tightening as his words clung like magnets to every story-starved hack's microphone.

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