Enda to lay his bet on a Budget bounce
Enda Kenny's closest counsel have reached a conclusion in favour of a November election. This involves Mark Mortell, who was reinstalled as the chief FG election planner; Andrew McDowell, economic advisor and close confidante; along with Michael Noonan.
Mark Kennelly, chief of staff; Tom Curran, party general secretary; and Frances Fitzgerald, strategy committee chairperson, will all acquiesce. But, most importantly, wife Fionnuala says it's time to 'throw the ball in'.
The arguments in favour of going to the Park for an early dissolution of the Dáil on or prior to October 27 are based on avoiding the random dangers of a February election. The optimal calendar time for harnessing the feelgood factor is a sunny May/June. But that's simply not an option. And early in the new year is synonymous with misery - cold weather; post-Christmas blues; and a blizzard of household bills. News agendas in January are often full of gloomy reports from A&Es on hospital trolleys, etc, seasonal employment is at its lowest, and it all adds up to a mood of despondency.