Saturday 24 February 2018

Reshuffle will test Taoiseach's ability to overcome curse of the bloated majority

Enda Kenny knows that whopping overall majorities bring their own trials and tribulations to a government. He had a ringside seat as he watched the last two governments, which had apparently invincible majorities, end in calamity for various reasons.

Mr Kenny was a second-time TD with 18 months' experience when Jack Lynch swept back into government with the biggest majority in the State's history in June 1977. Fianna Fail had 84 TDs in a Dail of 144 seats.

But within two years the tide had ebbed, with by-election and local election reverses forcing Lynch to step down in late 1979.

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