Thursday 21 September 2017

Martin must do the right thing and put this Government out of its misery

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bruce Arnold

The current Government is the weakest in the history of the State. It is not the worst. That dubious appellation belongs to the one led by Brian Cowen, which ended by shattering the smug self-confidence of Fianna Fáil. But it comes very close to that unenviable legacy, and the country needs to relieve itself of the spreading contamination of dismal, inadequate failure.

I have reported on governments for more than half of the period of the State's existence, making my judgments, all along, on a first-hand and outspoken basis. Despite Charles Haughey's corrupt and illegal behaviour, the difficulties faced by Albert Reynolds, the confusions of others such as Garret FitzGerald, Bertie Ahern and Mr Cowen, ineptitude and confusion now rule the Irish State, members of the Cabinet and the mind of the Taoiseach.

At the heart of it is Enda Kenny.

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