Sunday 4 December 2016

The next 100 days: Will Taoiseach Enda Kenny survive and what trapdoors lie in wait for Cabinet?

There is reason to believe the Government will pass the Budget but that's not the only issue

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

It's November 22 and Enda Kenny is in his final days as Taoiseach. Having made the decision to retire after holding the government together in the wake of a contentious Budget Day, he picked his moment and told the Dail that he would leave the stage on his own terms.

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There was deep relief in Fine Gael - particularly among the pretenders to the throne - Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald - that nobody has had to publicly push him.

They are now locked in an intriguing succession battle. Fitzgerald has surprised many by putting up a good stump, playing to a large extent on feel-good factor that followed Hillary Clinton's election as the first female president of the United States. Surely it's time Ireland had a woman as the head of government.

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