Monday 5 December 2016

Chasing votes in the middle of a turf war

Time can pass awfully slowly on Government benches when it seems your number is up

Willie O'Dea

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

Leinster House. Photo: Getty Images
Leinster House. Photo: Getty Images

Impermanence. That is the word that best sums up the feeling and atmosphere in the Dail chamber on Friday.

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Though we were preparing ourselves to witness the election - albeit at the fourth attempt - of a Taoiseach, it was clear within a few minutes of Enda Kenny taking his seat in the chamber that his remaining power and authority was ebbing away before our very eyes. He was becoming visibly impermanent and it showed.

No sooner had Fine Gael's Noel Rock taken to his feet to give us his latest recycled version of the "I am so proud and honoured to nominate Enda" speech, than eagle-eyed TDs started to scan the Fine Gael benches and wonder: where is Michael Noonan?

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