Tuesday 6 December 2016

Leadership is needed in wake of storm damage

Published 31/12/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters

It has often been noted that it is easier to do a job right than to have to explain why you didn't do it that way. No one can seriously blame Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the floods that are swallowing up swathes of the country, yet his lack of visibility over recent days is surprising.

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Since Storm Desmond first unleashed its havoc, people have legitimately questioned levels of preparedness, lack of coordination and faulty flood prevention planning. There have been repeated calls for a central agency to control responses.

At the climate change conference in Paris, Mr Kenny was criticised for a lack of commitment. It is time to show leadership by addressing these issues and confront, not side-step, the hard choices.

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