Tuesday 6 December 2016

Kenny to quit as FG leader but stay on as Taoiseach? That's just bonkers

Published 18/10/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Tom Burke

'A sitting Taoiseach is hard shifted' goes the old line - and it's never seemed truer than with Enda Kenny. After the general election, there was much talk of Mr Kenny going within weeks, possibly during the summer recess. Then it was after the Budget. And, before we knew it, it had stretched out to next April (by which point he would pass out John A Costello to become Fine Gael's longest serving Taoiseach, a fitting point to bow out).

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In the past few days, a new stalling tactic has emerged, with the line being made "privately by Fine Gael TDs" apparently that Kenny could stay on as Taoiseach for a period, possibly even up to the general election, but stand down as leader of Fine Gael.

It's a bonkers idea which cannot be allowed to happen. But it surely strengthens the suspicion that the Taoiseach has no intention of voluntarily going anywhere soon.

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