Sunday 20 August 2017

Shane Coleman: Highs and lows of Enda Kenny's first 1,000 days as our Taoiseach

AT midnight last night, Enda Kenny completed his 1,000th day as Taoiseach – a landmark for any leader. John Bruton didn't get to 1,000 days in the top job. Albert Reynolds did, but only just. The same, sadly, holds for Kenny's hero, John F Kennedy. So how should Kenny's 1,000 days in Government Buildings be assessed? We examine the highs and the lows.

Six of the best.

1) It's the economy, stupid. There's no question the economy is in a better place than in March 2011. We're a fortnight from leaving the bailout; the Budget deficit is going in the right direction; and, while the economy is only barely growing, it is creating jobs – 58,000 in the past 12 months. Unemployment has dropped to 12.8pc. Consumer confidence is at a six-year high.

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