Brendan O'Connor: Enda's Time has come ... and gone
Going home one day recently I saw two guys I had been acquainted with when I was young. One was a kind of an oddball around the place where I grew up and the other guy was a buck eejit from college whom no one ever took seriously. I saw them chatting and laughing, one of them on the pavement and the other stopped on his bike, and I wondered at the fact that one of them is now a well-known Government TD and the other one is one of the top advisers to one of the top people in Government in this, our hour of need.
And I wondered is it just me? Does no one else know that he's an eejit and he's an oddball? And I thought, clearly it's just me. I was wrong. I severely underestimated these guys and shure, people change. And then, the top Government adviser, who was sitting, static, on his bike, fell over. He wasn't moving, nothing touched off him, it just came out of the blue. He just fell over from a standing position with his bike. And I thought that I should trust my gut more. Of course I was right.
A lot of us felt the same way seeing Enda Kenny hailed on the cover of Time magazine for the Celtic Comeback, and for rebuilding Ireland's economy. First, most of us checked that it wasn't a joke, some of that photoshop trickery that goes around the internet these days. But no, it was him alright.