Saturday 24 February 2018

Lowry is summoning up the ghost of Fine Gael past

FG promised an end to the evasiveness -- and it's time for them to man up and deliver, says Eamon Keane

WE HAVE lived in a fog. A fog of untruths, corruption and cronyism created by government, bankers and State institutions alike. The damp residue of that fog, like some Japanese nuclear ash, has stained us. A human stain that in turn has deformed our hope and faith in political and business life in this country.

Last week was a chance to lift and break through the fog. With the publication of the Moriarty Tribunal report the previous week, Enda Kenny, by giving clear moral leadership, could deliver on his promise of a new, transparent political dawn. Instead, his reaction to the biggest scandal in the history of the State has done the opposite. Kenny and Fine Gael gave a cheap, mealy-mouthed and evasive response to the findings of the report.

Before the election, I wrote in this paper that I believed Enda Kenny's lack of ego would make him a good leader. I'm now afraid that the lack of ego could equate to a lack of strength to stand alone and do the right thing. I hope Kenny proves me wrong. And he is entitled to some more time to do that.

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