Friday 23 March 2018

Eoghan Harris: Labour Party clouds any silver lining for Fine Gael

Good morning life
Good morning world,
How are you happiness?

That's the Dean Martin ditty I sing down the phone to my spouse on special days. Let's hope the Taoiseach took time out from the Angela-Irish talks in Brussels to croon it down the line to his wife, Fionnuala. No one knows better than he that a politically savvy spouse or partner is crucial to political survival.

Just as Joan Burton can share her concerns with her politically clued-in spouse Pat Carroll, so Kenny, after another bad day of poor publicity, could always count on coming home to a woman who could credibly tell him the tide would turn.

Luckily I did not have to run for my life when the Kenny tsunami swept his critics away. Because I never moved with the media mob that made his life miserable. Again a spouse can claim the credit.

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