Saturday 17 March 2018

Life in Fine Gael after George Lee

BARRING a miraculous early upturn in Ireland's fortunes, Fine Gael and Labour will form the next coalition government and Enda Kenny will become Taoiseach. Few occasions offer a better opportunity than a national conference to scrutinise parties seeking office.

How, then, did Fine Gael and its leader emerge from the Killarney event? Very well, it must be said, in the matter of confidence. They clearly believe themselves on the road into office -- and in their ability to meet the challenges of office.

Not quite so well, it would appear, on proposals for reform of the political system. These have been opposed by both young and not-so-young factions within the party. If their concerns move Mr Kenny to act, it should only be on the side of the radicals. We need deep political reform, and we desperately need political honesty.

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