Friday 30 September 2016

Kenny making quite a mess of flooding crisis

Published 08/01/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he tours the area of Carrick-On-Shannon following flooding. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he tours the area of Carrick-On-Shannon following flooding. Photo: PA

In PR battles, the oldest trick in the book is to answer the question you weren't asked. It is a device employed when backed into a corner.

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Having earned the wrath of flood victims all around the country for suggesting that they might move to higher ground, Taosieach Enda Kenny was anxious to regain some surer footing in the crisis.

Thus, he is reported to have told last Tuesday's Cabinet meeting that ministers should tell Europe how they plan to address the floods crisis, rather than ask permission to breach strict environmental standards. The European Commission responded indignantly, saying that it was not getting in the way of Government action or, in this case, inaction.

Last night, Mr Kenny called for "common sense" to be applied in the debate over dredging the River Shannon. Had Mr Kenny followed his own advice, he would not have blamed Europe in the first place.

Yesterday, there was more evidence of ineptitude over the desperately needed State hardship payments being made to farmers. Having promised the cash, it will not now be paid until the flood waters recede.

And so the hardship and confusion continues.

Irish Independent

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