Wednesday 24 January 2018

How the Government can get its mojo back

Real reform in key areas such as justice and welfare is what the public wants.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore

Richard Humphreys

So what exactly has this Government ever done for us? Apart, that is, from getting rid of the Troika, rescuing the banking system, winding up the remains of Anglo, ending the blanket bank guarantee, tearing up the prom note, reducing unemployment and turning around the economy?

So where did it all go wrong for Enda and Eamon? Why, after such a good record on so many big issues, have both government parties lost a bit of their mojo in the polls six weeks before local and European elections? How much of a hole are they in, and is there a way out?

As usual, the Government's critics are divided between those who would like to keep them in as deep a hole as possible, and those who want to see a sweeping reshuffle to promote young blood to Cabinet. But a reshuffle without addressing deeper issues is unlikely to have a long-term impact.

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