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'The people can vote for single-party government'

The message from the incoming Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, is that the decision rests with the people as to whether we have a single-party Fine Gael government, backed by some Independents, or a Fine Gael-Labour coalition. When I asked him last week which he'd prefer, Kenny left no doubt but that his clear ambition is to lead a single-party government.

"You wouldn't have any ambition as a leader if you didn't say that the ultimate thing is to have a mandate from the people to put your own party in government," he said, "but I wouldn't be presumptuous about what they might do.

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