Sunday 19 November 2017

Kenny is killing time until Budget and the election

'The finish line is close, but the potential for self-harm is considerable – can the Coalition maintain the appearance of a united front?'
'The finish line is close, but the potential for self-harm is considerable – can the Coalition maintain the appearance of a united front?'
John Downing

John Downing

There is a keen sense that Enda Kenny feels his work in government is done as economic stability and a nascent recovery predominate.

Now it's all about delivering a good Budget next October and then landing Fine Gael's first ever back-to-back general election win. As this political year limped out the Leinster House gates last Thursday evening, it was clear the major gaffes which characterised the previous one had been avoided.

But any semblance of political momentum has been lost. It is a dangerous time to be in government. The finish-line is within touching distance. But the potential for self-harm is considerable and one wonders how long the Government can maintain the appearance of a unified front.

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