John Downing: Taoiseach is facing daunting to-do list for the year that will define his legacy
BY THIS time next year, we will have the measure of Enda Kenny's performance as Taoiseach. The coming 12 months will define his term of office and make or break his reputation in the top job.
The Enda Kenny 2013 to-do list is pretty hefty: secure long-promised EU debt concessions; organise an exit from the EU-IMF bailout; sort out the 30-year-old abortion issue without breaking up his coalition or splitting his own party; make real headway on public service cost savings via a revisited Croke Park deal; implement a new property tax and prepare for water charges.
Amid all that, the Taoiseach must, from midnight tonight, steer Ireland's seventh EU presidency until June 30, 2013. Issues to be resolved include brokering a new €1 trillion EU budget plan for 2014-2020, advancing an EU banking union, and helping improve EU-British relations.