Opinion Analysis

Thursday 18 January 2018

James Downey: Noonan has verbal punch to land blows on Lenihan

DURING the failed heave against Enda Kenny, much was made of the Fine Gael leader's defects as a "communicator". The term was never defined, but the criticism boiled down to a supposed inability to please urban voters.

Very well. But if Kenny is a poor communicator, what makes a good one? Bertie Ahern has been held up as an example of a good communicator. He certainly succeeded brilliantly in persuading the voters of the rightness of what he communicated. But what exactly did he communicate? That the boom would last for ever: in his own words, "the boom times are getting even boomer".

More to the immediate point, how does the recent challenger, Richard Bruton, rank as a communicator?

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