Taoiseach now facing some tough challenges following a good 2012
THE Taoiseach kicked off 2012 with a medium-sized gaffe. It was January 26, at the world's 'poshest think-in', in that poshest of places, Davos in Switzerland. Each January this event lugs in high-flying people from across the globe, some of whom have a world-class welcome for themselves.
At a low-key question-and-answer session, Enda Kenny in essence described Ireland's boom and bust experience as driven by people going mad borrowing in a system that spawned greed. No harm there; many people would agree.
But the Taoiseach's problem was that it contrasted sharply with what he had said just eight weeks earlier, on Sunday December 4, 2011, when he delivered a televised pre-Budget address to the nation.