Countdown on for Kenny to depart as the unofficial race for leadership kicks off
It's going to be a marathon, not a sprint, but make no mistake, the starting gun has been fired on the Fine Gael leadership contest. And the person who discharged the pistol was the Taoiseach himself.
Enda Kenny clearly felt he needed to clarify his future plans after Paul Kehoe clumsily suggested the Taoiseach would lead Fine Gael to, in political terms, infinity and beyond.
By all accounts the Taoiseach, while accepting his chief whip remains one of his most loyal lieutenants, was "very pissed off" with Kehoe.