Sunday 23 July 2017

Caretaker Taoiseach must Brexit stage left and let young guns lead

Enda Kenny makes a lot of his contacts in Europe, but they may count for little if the Brexit talks turn messy. Photo: AP
Enda Kenny makes a lot of his contacts in Europe, but they may count for little if the Brexit talks turn messy. Photo: AP
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Nobody could ever accuse a government led by Enda Kenny of under-selling its achievements. A self-congratulatory tone (sometimes justified, sometimes less so) has been ever-present since Fine Gael and Labour took up the challenge of "saving the country", as they liked to portray it.

To be fair, history will judge that they did a decent job in that endeavour. Is Ireland a better place than it was in 2011? Most definitely, it is. And for that, Mr Kenny and his two governments deserve some of the credit.

But the egotistical narrative that "only we could have delivered" has, to this observer at least, always been the least appealing feature of their time in office. They seemed to believe their own (relentless) publicity a little too much for comfort.

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