Wednesday 17 January 2018

John Downing: Eternal optimist Kenny seems to know something nobody else does

IT IS not possible to fake the level of optimism and good cheer that Taoiseach Enda Kenny shows in his everyday work. Across his 36 years in public life, his sunny personality is among the characteristics acknowledged by both his supporters and his detractors. But both camps disagree on whether his remarkable optimism is a solid virtue or just a piece of silliness in refusing to face reality.

Among other things, 2013 will tell us whether Mr Kenny is an optimistic realist or a man who has overly honed the skill of whistling past the graveyard.

In this column, and elsewhere, we have recently noted how this year will be a make or break one for Mr Kenny and his government colleagues on some crucial economic and political issues.

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