Monday 20 February 2017

Enda has been a lucky general but must up his game

Published 11/04/2015 | 02:30

'The fact that Mr Kenny is likely to enter the election as the only realistic option for Taoiseach will certainly boost Fine Gael'
'The fact that Mr Kenny is likely to enter the election as the only realistic option for Taoiseach will certainly boost Fine Gael'

If Fine Gael is to really benefit from the economic uplift and the lack of alternatives for government, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has to lift his game. He is without political peer right now, but you wouldn't think it based on his Dáil and media performances. The old lines about Fianna Fáil wrecking the country and 'meeting a man in the street' are sounding more than a little jaded.

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The Coalition has an irritating tendency towards self-congratulation. People know how far the country has come in the last four years. They're now more interested in hearing about the next four. And that's what Kenny's focus must be. How well he succeeds will dictate the size of his victory margin in the next election.

As Enda Kenny's Government approaches the end of its term, the economy is clearly starting to take off. Exchequer figures suggest it will have around €2bn to play with come October's budget. It's not Celtic Tiger bonanza territory, but a fair amount of cash to splash.

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