Monday 11 December 2017

An awful truth dawned: we're talking to a political corpse

In listening mood: Enda Kenny must somehow find a way to form a coalition Photo: Peter Houlihan
In listening mood: Enda Kenny must somehow find a way to form a coalition Photo: Peter Houlihan
Independent TDs Sean Canney, Finian McGrath, Shane Ross, John Halligan, Kevin 'Boxer' Moran during a press briefing at Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Shane Ross

Last Friday morning, TDs Sean Canney, John Halligan, Finian McGrath and I bounced into Government Buildings to meet the Taoiseach. Members of the Independent Alliance were energised by the hope of influencing the shape of the next government. For once, we had the ear of the powerful. The encounter was not like a meaningless Dail exchange. The Mayo master of deflection was listening. Uniquely, he even answered questions directly. Our hopes of radical change were raised.

Enda Kenny was conciliatory, attentive, even charming.

Sometime in the middle of the exchanges an awful truth dawned. We were possibly in dialogue with a political corpse.

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