Battle stations - Enda ready to go over the top in a war to win hearts and minds
Taoiseach Enda Kenny may not have enjoyed Christmas as much as usual, as the impending election lingers auspiciously in the background with all the inevitability of a half-cooked Brussels sprout. The controversy over his visibility during the flooding crisis will also have dampened his spirits. Today, Enda Kenny has been Taoiseach for four years and 10 months - give or take. As his term draws to a close, the substantive question is this; does he deserve to be returned to the top office for a second spin on the merry-go-round?
Swept into power on a tidal wave of anger, adversity and raw public emotion on March 9, 2011, he took the reins. Since then, he has attempted to chaperone us through austerity while keeping a weather eye permanently on his own re-election. Ever the political pragmatist, he has charted a cautious course. While at times difficult and monotonous, he has brought us closer to our ultimate destination - economic recovery.
Under his tutelage, the Irish economy is set to grow by over 6pc for 2015.