Sunday 26 February 2017

Jody Corcoran: Kenny remains the stumbling block to his own re-election as Taoiseach

Old habits die hard in Fine Gael - spin, not substance, is at the root of the Irish Water issue, writes Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

HANGING BY A THREAD: Enda Kenny at Government Buildings with TDs Eoghan Murphy and Josepha Madigan. The Fine Gael leader needs to change the way he conducts his business if he wants to stay on as Taoiseach — and remain in the post for a decent amount of time. Photo: Arthur Carron
HANGING BY A THREAD: Enda Kenny at Government Buildings with TDs Eoghan Murphy and Josepha Madigan. The Fine Gael leader needs to change the way he conducts his business if he wants to stay on as Taoiseach — and remain in the post for a decent amount of time. Photo: Arthur Carron

If Enda Kenny wants to be re-elected as Taoiseach he needs to do a deal on Irish Water and water charges and, after that, if he wants to remain as Taoiseach for a reasonable period of time he also needs to fundamentally change the way he does business.

Since the election, Fine Gael, under the continued - by a thread - leadership of Kenny, has talked the talk about learning the lessons of the election but has failed to show that is really the case.

It may be Kenny has come to acknowledge that Fine Gael's pitch to the electorate was all wrong - but that is not the issue. The issue is how he does business.

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