Tuesday 21 November 2017

The primary reason for Kenny's departure is the raging ambition among his putative successors

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar (left) and Housing Minister Simon Coveney in 2016. Both men are seen as possible successors to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins Photo Agency
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar (left) and Housing Minister Simon Coveney in 2016. Both men are seen as possible successors to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins Photo Agency

Gerard O’Regan

'Once a thing is known it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten. It is wiser in every circumstance, to forget, to cultivate the art of forgetting. To remember is to face the enemy."

These first few lines from the Anita Brookner novel 'Look At Me' might strike a chord with Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and Katherine Zappone, given their problems with remembering and forgetting these last few days.

Ms Brookner's characters are always on the back foot - and life can be pretty tough. Fortune and circumstance are almost overwhelming. But they knuckle down to the task of simply getting by - and getting through another day. Sometimes when their backs are against the wall, consciously or otherwise, they find it easier to forget, rather than remember.

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