Saturday 10 December 2016

Week of low farce gets even worse for Kenny

Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke

When a government reaches a certain level of dysfunction, it is remembered more for how it mismanages crises than anything else. If there is one over-riding and incontrovertible truth in politics, it is that change is the only certainty. It is the failure to accept this that brings an element of low farce to the ending of even the surest of political careers.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny could soon find himself tumbling through a trapdoor in an undignified exit as someone other than himself pulls the lever. By any stretch, what was already a bad week became much worse yesterday, with the absurd situation of his own chief whip urging him to spell out when he plans to quit for the sake of the party.

This is not the stuff of statecraft. In the wake of the greatest economic threat the State has faced in decades, we are being treated to Borat-style politics.

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