Sunday 25 February 2018

Fine Gael fails again and it only has itself to blame

Disastrous campaigns raise major doubts over Taoiseach Enda Kenny's leadership, writes Daniel McConnell

ON Friday night, across the road from Dublin Castle, as we waited for the first count of the presidential race, over a pint someone said to me that only in Ireland could a terrorist consider running for the Aras.

But only in Ireland could a group of rich lawyers, including a man in whose apartment a murderer was found; a disgraced banking chairman; someone whose appointment brought about the collapse of a government; and a fat-cat boss of Goldman Sachs, interfere to try to defeat a referendum and greatly embarrass a Taoiseach and his government, I said in retort.

That intervention from eight former attorneys generals from all political backgrounds came in the form of an explosive 86-word letter, strongly opposed to giving politicians more power to investigate matters and individuals.

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