Tuesday 6 December 2016

Kenny's legacy is separation of the Church and State

The Taoiseach has shown that he is a Social Democrat not a Christian Democrat at heart

Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30

Enda Kenny may want to be remembered as the man at the helm when the economy and country was saved
Enda Kenny may want to be remembered as the man at the helm when the economy and country was saved

Enda Kenny may want to be remembered as the man at the helm when the economy and country was saved.

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In due course, that is indeed how his leadership may come to be defined; but not yet - not when there is still so much to be done to create a fairer and more equal society. Instead, it looks as though his legacy will be that of being Taoiseach when the umbilical connection between Church and State is finally severed.

That connection, "interchangeable" since the foundation of the State, has weakened by degrees through the decades, and more apace since the unsuccessful divorce referendum in 1986 and the subsequent onset of revelations to do with clerical child sex abuse.

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