Tuesday 20 February 2018

Kenny's future will stand or fall on ability to explain painful decisions

THE Fine Gael stalwart was adamant that Enda Kenny was still the king and the Seanad referendum reverse was at best a passing sideshow. "Look at that survey last week, one-in-three people wants us to go all the way with the cutbacks – right up to the full €3.1bn. That one-third, they're our crowd you know, the Fine Gael heartland."

And the man had a reasonable point. The conversation took place in the hour before Enda Kenny was due to take the podium on Saturday in the Limerick Conference Centre and deliver his combative key-note address.

As if to reinforce our Fine Gael stalwart's views, another survey was published yesterday, this time in the 'Sunday Independent'. It again showed that precisely one-in-three people wants the coarsest hair shirt available from Michael Noonan's Budget tomorrow and no softening of austerity.

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