Tuesday 16 January 2018

We can probably have faith in Kenny to greet the Pope

The Taoiseach is a Catholic, but not a Catholic Taoiseach, and he has proven himself to be no fan of the 'withering' Vatican, writes Brendan O'Connor

Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It feels at times as if Enda Kenny is trying to stuff his diary so that when they come demanding his resignation he'll be able to point to a list of appointments well into the next decade and say it would be rude of him not to be there.

Meanwhile, his critics, and the media, and those who want rid of him, keep setting deadlines based around various appointments. So for a while he was going to hang around long enough to give Hillary Clinton the shamrock. Then it was long enough to give Donald Trump the shamrock - the shamrock appointment having been secured during what we are led to believe was one of the first calls The Donald made having been elected.

The latest appointment Kenny has pencilled into his prime ministerial diary is the Pope's visit to Ireland in 2018. Though Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney might have been spooked when Kenny launched Ireland's Euro 2020 logo last week. "Lads, I launched the logo, so it would be rude of me not to remain on as Taoiseach for the actual event".

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