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Enda Kenny at the World
Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland, on Thursday

Enda Kenny at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday

Enda Kenny at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday

Hey, steady on now, this abuse of Enda the eternally young leader has to stop.

So what if he says one thing to an Irish audience and another to the Davos set? That's political life and we should be used to it by now. Any man that can keep the three balls that are Germany/France/UK in the air, with the odd flick for the US, is a fair man.

Enda, to use a word abused by many in this nation, is a survivor. Taken from school as a young, fair-haired boy, he was forced to work in a grim, grey old building full of fat old men who wore pinstripe suits, smoked cigars and drank whiskey. Listening to eternal spoof, sham and cod acting, Enda wore it well. Never put on a pound, had the poster boy image and played like a hard-working forward.

If Charlie Haughey won the 1987 Tour De France, Enda bettered him by bringing the whole damn caboodle to this little nation -- he nailed his sporting and political credentials with that coup.

So what if he didn't go to last year's Connacht final in Roscommon? A man who has rubbed shoulders with the best boxers, athletes and sportsmen in the world is entitled to miss the small potatoes of local rivalry. That a protest over a partial closure of hospital services took place on the same day was entirely coincidental.

Whilst Enda found the elixir of eternal youth, he seems still beguiled by older-looking men. Big Phil and Michael Noonan are his bodyguards, who do the ... let's call it, the not-so-nice stuff.

That leaves Enda free to give Angela a peck on the cheek, throw a friendly shape at Mr Sarkozy, swap notes with Mr Obama and look sombre with the queen. Oh, I nearly forgot: and put in a word for Mr Cameron, who nearly shagged the whole EU thingy by actually standing up for his own nation.

So, folks, at this stage it is actually irrelevant what he says, who he says it to or where it's said. We know the truth. Big boys lose money playing Monopoly; little guys sweep the floor.

By the way, the Tour De France in 1998 was known as the Tour Du Dopage. Was it an omen as we set sail on the SS Celtic Tiger?

John Cuffe
Meath

Irish Independent