Sunday 4 December 2016

Kenny will see an early election just makes sense

Almost everything that's happening suggests the autumn is the optimum time to go to the country

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

BURNING DESIRE: Enda Kenny ‘wants to be the first Fine Gael Taoiseach ever to be re-elected as Taoiseach. That’s history’. Photo: El Keegan
BURNING DESIRE: Enda Kenny ‘wants to be the first Fine Gael Taoiseach ever to be re-elected as Taoiseach. That’s history’. Photo: El Keegan

'The Taoiseach has said time and time again he believes we should go the full distance." That's what Richard Bruton told us on Tuesday last when the question was raised yet again as to whether this Government would go its full term to next April or cut and run for an early election in November - autumn in the traditional calendar.

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As denials go, it is not the most convincing you could ever hope to hear. It merely states a fact - that the Taoiseach has said it more than once. So what? The Taoiseach has said many things more than once and enough of them never came to pass. Add to that the fact that Richard is not, and has not been for a long time, the closest of confidantes the Taoiseach might have - for obvious recently historic reasons. "Keep a good eye on Richard, he gets a bit skittish when there's an election in the air," you can just hear Enda say.

Let's face it, nobody really knows what Enda will do. Quite possibly, he doesn't know himself. He seems a single-minded kind of fellow, and the last time he said he believed his Government would go on until the end, and the time before that, he probably meant it. And maybe the next time too. But politics is politics and saying it a hundred times would not prevent him changing his mind. That's the Taoiseach's prerogative, and only the Taoiseach's.

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