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Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the way to launch The Case for Investing in Europe 2013 report at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 12, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the way to launch The Case for Investing in Europe 2013 report at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 12, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the way to launch The Case for Investing in Europe 2013 report at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 12, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

During the heyday of the Haughey era, when the then Taoiseach was strutting around Paris dressed in the finest Charvet could offer, the Potemkin pretensions were all too much for one diplomat who laughed ruefully and commented, "would you look at him, the little b****x from Donnycarney".

There was a bit of the Donnycarney syndrome surrounding Enda Kenny last week as the Taoiseach sported with the leaders of the free world and Vladimir Putin without once suffering the indignity of being asked to park Mr Putin's car.


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