Sunday 4 December 2016

Election row was a fiasco - but it's a story the public will soon forget

Published 13/10/2015 | 02:30

'What is 'clear' is he [Enda Kenny] and his parliamentary party, not least Finance Minister Michael Noonan [pictured] wanted a November polling day'
'What is 'clear' is he [Enda Kenny] and his parliamentary party, not least Finance Minister Michael Noonan [pictured] wanted a November polling day'

Enda Kenny doesn't have 10,000 men, but he does have almost 70 TDs and last week, just like the Grand Old Duke of York, he marched them up to the top of the election hill and then on Sunday did an about-turn and marched them down again.

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In the process, the Taoiseach has been left looking indecisive, weak and, to put it bluntly, not very clever or competent.

The whole affair has been a fiasco for Fine Gael. Kenny can claim all he likes that he has been "consistently clear" on holding the election in Spring 2016. Nobody buys it for a second. He had four chances last week to rule out an early election and didn't take them.

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