Shane Ross: Legacy issues lost us the loot
ROISIN Shortall proved a godsend to Enda Kenny last week. The departing minister of state may have caused Labour leader Eamon Gilmore a few transatlantic tremors, but Shortall handed an unscheduled shield to the Taoiseach.
Her dramatic exit from Government provided a diversion from a far more shattering story. While Gilmore went missing in action in New York, far from the Labour Party's Balbriggan battleground, Enda was left in the frontline at home.
Although the Taoiseach took temporary flak for his friend and ally James Reilly, the spat between the two health ministers conveniently camouflaged the most serious political setback of his Government's life.