Thursday 23 November 2017

What would have happened if Enda had not been leader?

RTE documentary on Kenny offered few insights and did not ask the most crucial questions about leaders

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Justin Farrelly
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Justin Farrelly

Eoin O'Malley

When Fianna Fail formed a coalition with the Progressive Democrats in 1989, it abandoned its earlier "core value" of only participating in single-party government. The Fianna Fail leader, Charles Haughey, defied senior members of his party to deliver the deal. Shortly after the coalition was agreed, Haughey said to Des O'Malley, the PD leader: "Nobody but myself could have done it."

Haughey was probably right. In many ways, his leadership, for good and bad, made a difference.

Last week, RTE screened a documentary on Enda Kenny. It was an entertaining story, but we already knew the story. There were few insights to the man, and it avoided asking the most important question about leaders: what would have happened if they hadn't been leader?

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