Wednesday 25 April 2018

Who will be our Brexit champion?

It is time to call in the wise men and women with their knowledge, influence and contacts, writes Shane Coleman

Bertie Ahern. Photo: 
Bertie Ahern. Photo: 
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Politics is a brutal business. From the moment Enda Kenny told the parliamentary party meeting of his intention to stand down as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, he was yesterday's man. The sadness among colleagues was no doubt genuine, but everywhere in the room minds quickly turned to choosing his successor. The King is dead, long live the King.

Except the King isn't dead. He's very much fit and healthy, with 42 years' experience as a TD, 15 as party leader and, most importantly, six as Taoiseach. That's a massive bank of knowledge, expertise, contacts and wisdom migrating from the capital back to smell the roses in Castlebar.

No question, it was time for a generational change at the top of Government. And Kenny certainly was not without his flaws as a politician and Taoiseach. But it seems a waste to entirely toss that know-how on the political scrapheap.

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