Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bruce Arnold: Kenny didn't turn heads, but he spoke to our hearts

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is greeted by well-wishers in his home town of Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Saturday night
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is greeted by well-wishers in his home town of Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Saturday night

Bruce Arnold

Late in the count, on Saturday night, Richard Crowley interviewed Enda Kenny. He did so at some length and in some detail, not the kind of detail gone into on such occasions, since it went over many policy matters that could not be answered. Crowley was as polite as he has ever been to the Fine Gael leader, which is not saying much.

I had occasion, earlier in the campaign, to take him to task over an unacceptable level of rudeness towards Kenny and for his abrasive harassment of a senior politician.

On Saturday night Crowley had woken up to the fact that he was talking to the head of the next Government, who had triumphed in an unparalleled political achievement and he tried to deal with the change appropriately.

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