Friday 15 December 2017

Kenny's credibility rests on Seanad vote – he needs a win

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

IF YOU like the occasional political conspiracy theory, try this one: Enda Kenny was barely holding on to his job as Fine Gael leader in autumn 2009. So, all of a sudden, he hopped out a 'big idea', to abolish the Seanad, promising the necessary referendum once he became Taoiseach. It worked as he fought off his doubters, became Taoiseach and now has delivered on the referendum.

Only snag is that it could well be rejected by voters. But never mind, this is 'Kenny win/win territory'. He gets kudos for keeping his word and his Fine Gael and Labour buddies get to keep their good Seanad numbers after all. It was all the most fiendish of clever plans!

It's worth quickly parsing that little scenario – even if you are, like this writer, a disciple of the 'screw-up' rather than the 'conspiracy' school of politics.

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