It didn't have to be like this - Enda could have picked his moment to exit
It didn't have to be like this. Enda Kenny has had many opportunities to bow out of politics on a high - but couldn't loosen his grip on power.
He has led the country through some of the most turbulent years in living memory and, despite having many tough days, always managed to summon up a cheery fist-pump when needed.
When journalists heard a "boom, boom" in the distance, they knew to tense up for an incoming punch to the shoulder.