Wednesday 20 September 2017

Jody Corcoran: How Kenny's election threat may yet backfire on Fine Gael

Public opinion is firmly against the Taoiseach, but he is still favourite to win, writes Jody Corcoran

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny. When asked to choose between Enda Kenny or Micheal Martin for next Taoiseach, just 17pc of our poll respondents chose Kenny. 39pc chose Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny. When asked to choose between Enda Kenny or Micheal Martin for next Taoiseach, just 17pc of our poll respondents chose Kenny. 39pc chose Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

By dint of the authority of the office he continues to hold, and his astuteness in making an early approach to Independent TDs, Enda Kenny is this weekend still favourite to form a Fine Gael-led minority government.

Today's opinion poll may change all that - but don't bet on it just yet.

When it comes to self-protection, and the practice of real politics, or what some would call pork-barrel politics, the acting Taoiseach in recent weeks has shown himself, yet again, to be a relative master.

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