Thursday 19 January 2017

Cunning Kenny must also be astute in a precarious new political world

The Government has survived its first two weeks in power, but the Taoiseach must steer the ship carefully

Eoin O'Malley

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Game on: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste, Frances Fitgerald, talks to journalists after the Fine Gael Party meeting in Athlone Photo: Damien Eagers
Game on: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste, Frances Fitgerald, talks to journalists after the Fine Gael Party meeting in Athlone Photo: Damien Eagers

Enda Kenny went to Washington last week, possibly as a small reward for having put together a government against the odds. He could have basked in the glories of Washington for his government's political honeymoon, but as honeymoons go this was a wet weekend in Wexford.

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That might be because this feels like a hastily arranged second marriage. We aren't inclined to be generous. And for Fine Gael, the ex-partner - Labour - having its own difficulties adjusting to single life, is lashing out.

It is blaming Fine Gael for many things, and claiming that Fine Gael had a 'privatisation agenda' for Irish Water which it had blocked.

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