Friday 15 December 2017

Willie O'Dea: Public deserves unity on Anglo

This is not the time for political point-scoring – it's the time for a united, straightforward response.

Willie O'Dea

THERE are times when being Taoi-seach requires you to forget that you are the leader of a political party and just focus on the fact that you are the leader of a country, a country that includes a majority who never have and possibly never will vote for your party.

Whatever their individual faults, failings and weaknesses, most Taoisigh have demonstrated this capacity at key moments. I include Enda Kenny in this list as there have been times when he has shown he can do that – but last week was not one of them.

Faced with the choice of speaking for the public and expressing the hurt and anger at the contents of the Irish Independent's Anglo Tapes or scoring points off political opponents, the Taoiseach chose the latter: thus showing that he is more tribal and partisan than any of his immediate predecessors.

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