Tuesday 6 December 2016

No risk for Taoiseach in making this speech

Published 23/07/2011 | 05:00

Enda Kenny's Dail speech on Cloyne was excellent and I commend him for denouncing the Catholic Church in a way which makes it clear that the State will never let this happen again.

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However, I have been somewhat bemused by the labelling of the speech as "brave" or "courageous". Surely Mr Kenny was in the remarkably fortunate position that his case was cast iron and his cause was popular. I cannot see what danger he placed himself in by making the speech.

He has had a great week but when you are at the top the only way is down. Let's not burden the man with too many positive labels.

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