Saturday 16 December 2017

Kenny staves off political oblivion in high stakes game of snakes and ladders to secure his legacy

Taoiseach Enda Kenny plays the bongos with the Afro-Éire group at the launch of RTÉ’s Cruinniú na Cásca at Dublin Castle this week. Photo: Tony Gavin
Taoiseach Enda Kenny plays the bongos with the Afro-Éire group at the launch of RTÉ’s Cruinniú na Cásca at Dublin Castle this week. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mandy Johnson

Legacies of departing leaders are not always obvious or sympathetic. But with the fullness of time, if it is deserved, public acclimation will fight its way through the contemporary fog of news and onward into the history books.

However appealing a longer term and lasting legacy is, it would surely be nicer for any aspiring retiree to be appreciated appropriately while they are still around to enjoy some faint praise!

Devising an exit strategy which combines public adulation and political peer appreciation is an elusive and ethereal notion, and it is an extraordinarily challenging thing to manufacture. That is simply because an affirmative political legacy is largely based on respect. It cannot be commanded, it must be earned.

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