Monday 23 April 2018

Emperor Enda has no clothes and that's the truth of it now

April has arrived and the only fools are those of us who said the Taoiseach would be gone by now

Still here: Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke
Still here: Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke

Eoin O'Malley

It's April 2017 and Enda Kenny is still Taoiseach. The only fools this April are those of us who thought he'd be gone by now. The Irish political battlefield is littered with the bodies of those who underestimated Enda Kenny.

Predicting when he will finally go is a tough business. It looks like Kenny will step down from the leadership before the summer to allow an orderly handover. But we were sure that he would go by the end of last summer, then after the Budget, then Christmas, then after St Patrick's Day. And here we are.

He's had his diminishing band of loyal ministers out to play the line that we need Enda for the dual crises of Brexit and Northern Ireland. Only Statesman Enda knows the European Council, they say. Only he has the experience in the North to deal with this.

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