Friday 22 September 2017

Johnny Fallon: The end-of-term scorecard that Enda Kenny promised but never delivered

Environment Minister Phil Hogan
Environment Minister Phil Hogan

ANOTHER Dail term ends and the politicians begin their summer recess. A time for some holidays, a time to return to constituencies and a time to plan for the future. The next Dail term is shaping up to be a real heavyweight bout with referendums; a budget and the abortion issue all hanging over the government. Enda Kenny didn’t follow through on his idea of a scorecard for his ministers but it is no harm to consider their individual performances as they sit down to do some thinking.

Enda Kenny 7/10: The Taoiseach remains strong and his party remains popular. He put in another decent year but cracks are starting to show. An unwillingness to engage in certain debates or shows, a lack of control over stronger cabinet personalities and a growing sense that he talks tougher than he is, will mean that Enda must be wary if he wants to avoid a downward trend.



Eamon Gilmore 7/10: The Tánaiste has managed to keep Labour on board despite facing some very difficult choices. He has done well in his ministerial portfolio and has tried to engage. Labour is taking a pasting at the polls however and he needs to prove to his party and their voters that he does not fear flexing his muscles; otherwise he may find this rating plummeting fast.

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