Monday 26 February 2018

We cannot know if it's to be Leo or Simon while Enda hangs on

Cartoon by Ken Lee
Cartoon by Ken Lee
John Downing

John Downing

'It would be Leo if the vote were held tomorrow. Over a longer campaign Simon could win out," according to the assessment of one astute Fine Gael TD. But there is a little detail being overlooked which tells us we may be getting ahead of ourselves here.

It is that Enda Kenny is showing no sign of ceding his anchor tenancy in Government Buildings. Yes, he has said long ago that he will not lead his party into the next general election.

True also that some of his more restive backbenchers fear that election could be sooner than expected, leaving them woefully unprepared. The Taoiseach may have been having a giggle when he half-told reporters in Brussels last Friday that he intended to be still in office to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland in August 2018.

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