Tuesday 20 March 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: You got the top job, Enda, now start acting like a leader should

Boozing at a rock concert, accusing a reporter of an attack -- these images of Kenny will linger in our minds, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Enda Kenny is the Barack Obama of Irish politics. And no, that isn't a compliment. What both men share is an apparent contentedness at having achieved some ultimate ambition, without troubling themselves with any pressing need to cement their respective legacies.

For Obama, that's one thing. If you're the first black American president, you can be forgiven for kicking back, knowing history will be kind. What's Enda's excuse?

He was hardly the country's first choice. Kenny had been a TD for nearly 40 years before he finally made it through the door of the Taoiseach's office, and it took the most unpopular government in history before voters decided he could be trusted with the key.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss