It's not the end Kenny wanted, but it defies the rule that all political lives end in failure
It wasn't supposed to be like this for Enda Kenny. In the run-up to Christmas, as the Coalition's poll ratings were still edging nicely upwards, the path ahead seemed pretty clear.
The Government would be returned, at worst with the help of some Independents or maybe even Renua and/or the Social Democrats, and Kenny would be back as Taoiseach.
Within a couple of years, he would retire at a time of his choosing, anointing Frances Fitzgerald to succeed him, and in the process defying the old Enoch Powell maxim that all political careers end in failure.