Thursday 14 December 2017

A new Fine Gael leader will pave way for 'Kexit'

Enda Kenny can steady the government ship while his party decides on his replacement, writes Eoin O'Malley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: PA

Eoin O'Malley

We often complain that party political events are now so choreographed that they have become boring. Think of your average party conference. There are no fights, no real debates. We don't get the party, we get the mask the party wants us to see.

We could not complain that last week's Fine Gael think-in was pure political choreography. The mask slipped.

Two Fine Gael TDs, Brendan Griffin and Jim Daly, publicly called for Enda Kenny to announce his retirement date. It was reported that Cabinet ministers were privately talking about the 'Kenny problem'. Apparently even his supporters acknowledge that it is too big an issue not to deal with. The time limit appears to be Christmas. Whether that's the time he stands down or announces his plan to stand down is unclear, but there's clearly unease in Fine Gael, and it was on full view last week.

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