Saturday 21 October 2017

Enda Kenny's first duty is to protect our democracy

By toying with overtures about coalition, the Taoiseach is playing into Sinn Fein's hands, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Cash for ash: Sinn Fein’s excuse shows us the spectacle of the people who approved and benefited from the 2004 Northern Bank robbery sanctimoniously denouncing ‘corruption’ Picture: PA
Cash for ash: Sinn Fein’s excuse shows us the spectacle of the people who approved and benefited from the 2004 Northern Bank robbery sanctimoniously denouncing ‘corruption’ Picture: PA
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Look, I realise that Enda Kenny is under great pressure - but his eye is off the most important ball: maintaining intact the Irish democracy in which we rightly showed such pride during last year's commemoration.

It was foolish of him to fall into a Sinn Fein trap set last week by Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams by saying he wasn't ruling out a Fine Gael-Sinn Fein coalition in the future.

As Taoiseach, he well knows how dangerous Sinn Fein still is, and should not be speaking as if it were a normal political party, just because Martin McGuinness has been replaced by Michelle O'Neill, a 40-year-old blonde from Tyrone who never killed anyone.

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