Monday 15 October 2018

Jody Corcoran

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The maverick Conservative MP Enoch Powell Photo: PA

Which conservative brand will the new leader of Fine Gael follow? 

The maverick Conservative MP Enoch Powell is often quoted when a politician is at his or her end: "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 all human affairs." Has Enda Kenny's political life ended in failure? It is too early to say, not least because it has not yet ended. The late Conor Cruise O'Brien's observation on Charles Haughey is relevant: "If I saw Mr Haughey buried at midnight at a crossroads, with a stake driven through his heart - politically speaking - I should continue to wear a clove of...

Minister: Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Tom Burke

Notebook: A look at the week that was 

I awake on Sunday morning with the anxiety that follows having said too much. Overnight I have received a text message from Eoghan Harris which refers to as "astonishing" my article in last week's newspaper. Astonishing could mean anything - extremely surprising or impressive; amazing. I feel neither impressive nor amazing, but I have surprised myself. Did I really need to tell the country that the Vatican has refused to absolve my sins, of which there are many? Yes, I did. Call it my penance.