Saturday 20 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: About bloody time you spoke up, Enda

Kenny's speech was a cracker, but why has it taken so long to state the blindingly obvious, asks Gene Kerrigan

There was just a handful of TDs in the Dail chamber on Wednesday when Enda Kenny stood up to make his passionate speech in defence of children. Observers have pointed out that Kenny's low-key approach added to the surprise and the power of the speech. One could look at that another way -- when the Taoiseach stood to move a motion on the Catholic hierarchy's wretched record on child abuse, few TDs bothered to turn up.

And as the week ended, we all welcomed the beneficial spin-off from the Greek deal that emerged from the emergency euro summit in Brussels. But, bizarrely, the dominant note among Irish politicians wasn't triumph but confusion.

Two things were clear -- one, Fine Gael and Labour ministers were loudly claiming to be responsible for "achieving" a "deal" that reduces the cost of borrowing from the EU/IMF. And, two -- they seemed utterly baffled about what precisely they had supposedly achieved.

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