Saturday 25 November 2017

Willie O'Dea: Enda's contribution was to convert the converted

The referendum proved the Taoiseach to be neither an ideas man, nor a great campaigner, writes Willie O'Dea

At the start of the referendum campaign, Enda Kenny declared that the Fiscal Treaty vote was more important than a general election. Fine words, but as the campaign got under way he failed to match them with equally fine judgement and leadership.

He also failed to follow through on his intention to run the campaign like a general election. Though, considering that Fine Gael and Labour's February 2011 campaigns were full of promises now broken and abandoned, this might not be a bad thing.

While the Yes side prevailed decisively, their task was made all the more difficult by the poor political judgement and lack of leadership shown by the Government both during the campaign and, more significantly during the run-up to it.

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