Wednesday 21 February 2018

Kenny must cause a stir with his first test -- a cabinet shake-up

MUCH of the reaction to the publication of the new government's programme has been lukewarm, sometimes hostile. Perhaps that bears some relation to Taoiseach-to-be Enda Kenny's assertion that "Paddy likes to know what the story is". Perhaps Paddy feels the document has not told the story.

To a great extent, that was inevitable. The new government cannot tell us how it will "fix" the public finances and the banking meltdown -- and much of the programme bears signs of compromises between Fine Gael and Labour, compromises that dilute the message.

But Mr Kenny nevertheless has to find a way to hit the ground running. The time for that is tomorrow, when the 31st Dail meets. The most obvious course, and almost certainly the best, is to inject excitement into the announcement of his cabinet appointments.

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