Friday 28 October 2016

Kenny wants to stay on: is anyone going to stop him?

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Possession is nine-tenths of the law. And Taoiseach Enda Kenny is intent on keeping hold of the reins of power. Kenny raised eyebrows yesterday when he signalled his intention to cling on for another two years. It was the first time details of an exit strategy have been revealed since he announced he won't be leading the party into the next general election.

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During a private session at the Fine Gael think-in, Kenny told a private meeting he was only months into his second term: "And I have no intention of going anywhere."

Kenny claims he has his "mojo back". Where it was gone all this time is not entirely clear. He says he didn't "enjoy the election". Neither did the Fine Gael TDs who lost their seats as a result of his inept performance and inadequate management of the party's campaign.

Kenny says he has a mandate and he's not going to walk away from it. Such a self-centred attitude towards the responsibility of government does not serve the country.

His party's problem is nobody is willing to drop him the less-than-subtle hint that is it time to allow someone else to carry out the mandate bestowed on his party.

As reported in the Irish Independent yesterday, Fine Gael ministers have a plan ready to replace Kenny swiftly if the Government collapses and there is a snap election.

If such a plan ultimately has to be put into action, Fine Gael will already have failed and the new leader will have little hope of regaining ground in an election campaign.

Caitriona bravely lost on an unforgiving sea

Crews of the Irish Coast Guard know the risks when they set to sea. In fair weather and foul, they put their lives on the line to come to the assistance of those in trouble on the water. There is no such thing as a routine mission, as every call out is fraught with danger.

The crews are highly trained and their equipment is up to the highest standard.

But the sea is unpredictable and unforgiving.

Yesterday, the Irish Coast Guard was involved in the search for a man missing off the coast of Co Clare.

The crew of the Doolin lifeboat headed out on to the Atlantic before lunchtime. Conditions had prevented the search operation from going out before that time and there were reports of heavy swells.

Tragically, the two women and a man from the unit were thrown from the rigid inflatable in a heavy swell as they scoured cliffs and the shoreline near the town.

The alarm was raised shortly after 1pm, with numerous crews joining the search and rescue operation.

Despite the efforts of multiple rescue teams, a member of the Coast Guard crew died and her two colleagues were rescued. Caitriona Lucas, a mother-of-two, gave her life on a mission for the Irish Coast Guard.

Her friends and colleagues describe a woman who gave selflessly. She was remembered for her good humour and as a woman who always prioritised helping others.

That she was a volunteer speaks volumes of her dedication to her community and saving lives.

This brave woman made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the State. Her legacy will be to raise awareness for the often thankless efforts of her colleagues around the country.

Irish Independent

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