Kenny and Martin must show leadership
Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30
The news that Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny will finally speak to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, may not be the end; but hopefully after five weeks in limbo we are nearing the beginning of the end, in the talks about talks, on forming a government.
The protracted process was reaching farcical proportions. The more it drags on, the more damage is done to the dignity and integrity of the democratic process. And given the problems we face we can scarcely allow matters to descend to the level of a debate on who'll be the monkey, or who'll be the organ grinder.
Churchill liked to chide the Americans in saying that they tend to do the right thing when all other possibilities have been exhausted.
The same appears to hold for the leaders of our two biggest political parties.
As the custodians of the two largest voting blocs in the election, both men have an onerous responsibility to do everything in their power to elect a government for the 32nd Dáil. Any deluded notions about bolting for the exits to take the easy way out and avoid searching questions had better be dismissed.
The electorate demands and deserves more.