Monday 11 December 2017

Mr Kenny has space to choose a dignified exit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney


'All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs," the late British politician Enoch Powell famously said. He was saying that politicians rarely either get, or take, an opportunity to quit on their own terms, and at a time when they are on a high.

The adage has proven true in the case of Enda Kenny, a TD for 40 years, with more than 14 years as leader of Fine Gael, and almost six years as taoiseach.

It all looks set to end with a deal of bathos amid a confusing "he said/she said" farrago which spoke of an important lack of focus in the most senior job in Irish politics. Yet there is every chance that historical assessments will reflect many good things about Mr Kenny's long career.

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