Kenny's challenges could prove politically fatal
Enda Kenny is holding a lot of aces as he returns today for his final political year in office.
When you stand back from all the hullabaloo, Mr Kenny looks like the one most likely to be Taoiseach again after the election which must happen some time between late November and April 9 next. Right now, the make-up of the coalition he would lead is anybody's guess.
But Mr Kenny, who will mark a full 40 continuous years as a TD in mid-November, knows well how the old adage about there being "many a slip twixt cup and lip" applies directly to electoral politics. The reality is that this Government faces a huge range of challenges which are politically awkward and could yet prove electorally fatal.