Tuesday 6 December 2016

Shrugging against the dying of the light: A horror week for dead-eyed Enda

Kenny may seem to have wearily checked out, but his determination to avoid retirement runs deep, writes Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Published 17/07/2016 | 02:30

HANGING IN THERE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images
HANGING IN THERE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

Enda Kenny's lips move, but his eyes are dead. At Leaders' Questions on Wednesday, Mick Wallace furiously aired his latest conspiracy theories, to predictable squawks of "Order!", following which Kenny doused the Independent TD's pugilism with the dry dispassion of a speaking clock.

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There was no jocular point-scoring. No ducking and weaving. No clucks of incredulity from the Government bench. Just a dry recounting of facts and previously stated positions.

The Taoiseach looked weary, spent, emotionally wrung-out. He seems to be less raging at the dying of the light, than shrugging. "Don't worry," the longest-serving TD in the Dail seemed to be saying as he looked around the chamber. "You are all in the will."

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