Saturday 21 April 2018

No imminent coup, but Kenny's credibility has been badly dented

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin yesterday.
Photo: Stephen Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Collins
John Downing

John Downing

'What is compound interest? Well, compound interest is interest on interest," an uncle of mine, who lived to a venerable and prosperous age, liked to reflect when talk turned to embattled farmers' many travails with the banks and other lenders.

Similarly, we can extend the maxim to "compound instability". On May 6, 70 days after an inconclusive General Election, we got a minority hybrid coalition led by a battered Fine Gael, incorporating some unlikely Independents, and propped up by a Fianna Fáil party looking towards a much brighter medium-term future.

Another word for that was "instability". And 11 weeks later we very definitely have "compound instability".

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