Friday 20 October 2017

Shane Ross: Legacy issues lost us the loot

IN DENIAL: Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan sought to downplay the bombshell news that ESM funds will not be allowed to sort out the sins of our bankers
IN DENIAL: Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan sought to downplay the bombshell news that ESM funds will not be allowed to sort out the sins of our bankers

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.

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