Kenny is in a weak position, both in the Dail and within Fine Gael
Fine Gael may allow him to become Taoiseach while ceasing to lead the party
Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30
Fine Gael's election performance was dire. The party can spin it - "we're still the largest party" - but Enda Kenny delivered a result that was much closer to the 2002 'disaster' result than the 2011 result. In 2002, the then party leader, Michael Noonan, took responsibility for a result 'beyond our worst fears' and immediately resigned.
Kenny has taken responsibility for the result, but his conclusion is that his responsibility compels him to open talks with Fianna Fail about forming a new government.
This was hardly a surprise. Enda Kenny is desperate to be re-elected Taoiseach. He would become the first Fine Gael leader to achieve this.