Opinion Editorial

Saturday 26 May 2018

Fine Gael can no longer ignore Kenny problem

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin
Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin


If success really was as Churchill put it - "a stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm" - then Taoiseach Enda Kenny would be walking on air. Buoyed by the summer's break, he has come back with a new zest for leading his party. At their meeting in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Fine Gael were discussing the failures that led to a haemorrhaging of seats.

Yet, curiously, the elephant in the room, while not discussed, would command the agenda. Put plainly, Mr Kenny lost 26 seats and only scraped over the line to form a Government after the most torturous tightrope walking act in political memory. That rope is unravelling alarmingly.

As Fine Gael is reviewing its problems, it can no longer look past Mr Kenny. The party failed to connect with the public. Mr Kenny did not bond. From early on, it was clear that his "recovery" message was wrong and would not resonate, but Mr Kenny blundered on.

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