Saturday 10 December 2016

Our political class fails character test of power

Published 09/04/2016 | 02:30

'Enda Kenny has gone through the motions of extensive talks with Independents, with little in the way of an outcome for Fine Gael'
'Enda Kenny has gone through the motions of extensive talks with Independents, with little in the way of an outcome for Fine Gael'

'Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." It's doubtful Abraham Lincoln envisaged there would be men and women who would shirk from the responsibility of holding power when he spoke these words.

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The current impasse in the formation of a government also defies the thoughts of a modern day political figure (who is in no danger of being confused with Lincoln) when he said during the General Election that power is "a drug".

"It's attractive. It's something you thrive on. It suits some people. It doesn't suit others," acting Environment Minister Alan Kelly claimed.

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