Kenny's dignified exit holds key to stability
In the months leading up to the May 2008 resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the Fianna Fáil leader embarked on a valedictory tour, addressing both the House of Commons and a joint meeting of the US Congress. The honour to address both houses was fitting for Mr Ahern, who led three coalitions and who played a critical role in the peace process that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Ahern's lengthy valedictory period, marked by a series of controversies arising from the Mahon Tribunal, was a costly one, coinciding as it did with the then-burgeoning banking and financial crises that gave rise to the bank guarantee in September 2008.
The constant debate surrounding the timing of Mr Ahern's departure was a distraction when the government's efforts were required to deal with the financial crisis that ultimately led to the EU/IMF bailout in November 2010.