Wednesday 21 February 2018

Enda had many faces - I knew the patriot

People underestimated former Taoiseach Enda Kenny but history will remember him as one of the best, writes Ed Brophy

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

Ed Brophy

Hurrying from the Tanaiste's office, I glance at my phone and see he's been on again. After years wandering the corridors of power, it's still surreal to look at your missed calls list and see "An Taoiseach" at the top.

Of course, it's not really me he's looking for - it's Joan. The day she was declared Labour leader in the Mansion House, we retreated to the Lord Mayor's quarters to call the Taoiseach as arranged so he could formally nominate her as Tanaiste. Except she'd left her phone somewhere and in the confusion ended up calling him on mine.

From then on, whenever Enda wanted to contact Joan, he called me. I never worked out whether he knew all along that it was my phone and he just wanted me to pass on whatever the message was. Or if he was operating under the misunderstanding that it was Joan's number he was calling.

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