Jody Corcoran: The inside story of Enda Kenny's desperate fight for place in history
The Taoiseach went into his fateful meeting with Micheal Martin and set off an unexploded bomb, writes Jody Corcoran
The former Fine Gael TD, Denis Naughten, of the so-called Rural Independents, sat down to lunch with Enda Kenny last Thursday March 31: "Look," said Naughten, "when you're talking to Micheal Martin you might suggest a Fine Gael, Independents, Fianna Fail partnership government."
As a central figure in the painstaking negotiations between the two Civil War political parties and an array of Independents, Naughten had gathered from his contacts that such a 'partnership' arrangement might be a runner.
So this was the moment, then, on the last day in March, over lunch in the Dail with an erstwhile colleague, that the putative deal - what Fine Gael would subsequently present to the public as an "historic opportunity" - first began to crystallise in the feverish mind of the acting Taoiseach.