Monday 23 October 2017

Willie O'Dea: Don't adjust TV, Enda's on the blink

The Taoiseach's spin doctors fear he may go off script in a treaty debate and who can blame them, writes Willie O'Dea

Brian Farrell's 1971 book Chairman or Chief was one of the first major political works to analyse the role of Taoiseach. It categorised the holders of the office as either consensus-building chairmen or more autocratic chiefs.



Published just four years before Enda Kenny entered the Dail, Prof Farrell could never have imagined that some 40 years on it would be necessary to devise a whole new category to encompass Mr Kenny's particular talents.

Farrell had presumed the Taoiseach of the day would exhibit leadership in some form or other. But, as the recent debate-dodging tactics have shown, leadership is not Enda Kenny's forte.

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