Friday 27 April 2018

Kenny leaves legacy of decency in tough times

Enda Kenny has written himself into the history books as the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Enda Kenny has written himself into the history books as the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Editorial

Editorial

As a music lover and well-known air guitarist, Enda Kenny must be familiar with the lyrics of the Paul Brady song 'The Long Goodbye'. If so, he must smile ruefully when he hears the words "how long must we keep running on a carousel going round and round and never getting anywhere".

He has certainly stayed on the merry-go-round much longer than anybody had expected or his would-be successors wanted. In doing so, the once unlikely leader has written himself into the history books as the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach - one whose weaknesses were much more apparent than his strengths.

We know he lacks the 'telegenic' factor that other politicians have and ends up looking stilted on television, especially when he is trying to appear sincere. Yet his sincerity is not in doubt. Neither is his concern for others, nor his warm personality in one-to-one encounters with strangers.

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