Enda Kenny‘Kenny-ism can be defined as lacking in any ideology and driven by mere and simple pragmatism’

As heard on The Late Debate

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When Enda Kenny was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1975, Liam Cosgrave was Taoiseach, Gerald Ford was president of the United States, and Margaret Thatcher had just been elected as leader of the UK Conservative Party. It was a different era. But as Kenny steps down as Fine Gael leader, to make way for the incumbents and a new …

Enda Kenny Leadership‘If Varadkar doesn’t jump, the momentum may be gone’

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Enda Kenny overtakes John A. Costello today as the longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach, with 2,234 days in office. But his record-making moment has prompted new calls for him to step down. On The Late Debate last night Fine Gael’s Noel Rock explained why he thinks Kenny should go now but, as he stressed, he’s not a stalking horse nor is …

Enda Kenny Leadership‘He’s playing you for fools’

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It was dubbed “the night of the rubber knives” by Fianna Fail’s Willie O’Dea. February’s anti climactic showdown between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his party, in which he announced that he would address the question of his leadership “effectively and conclusively after the St Patrick’s Day visits”, was widely praised and welcomed by his dissenters. Well, St. Patrick’s Day has …

Taoiseach “not only splitting hairs, but plaiting them in an elaborate knot at the back of his head.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It always makes for great listening when journalist, Lise Hand, takes to the airwaves to offer her observations, equal parts pithy and witty, on the stories of the day. This morning, speaking to Sean O’Rourke, she brought us this classic one-liner, summing up the reaction in many quarters to Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s qualification of his remarks last year, when he …

St. Patrick's Day Visit‘It’s not about Enda Kenny trucking up to the White House lecturing the US administration’

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The question of what Enda Kenny should or should not say when he meets Donald Trump at the White House later today has been the source of much debate this week. Nigel Farage told Sean O’Rourke yesterday that Kenny should apologise to Trump “for saying vile things about him”. Last night Kenny ruled that out, saying he was not in …

Nigel FarageEnda Kenny should “apologise to Donald Trump for saying vile things about him…. Trump won’t have forgotten that.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Nigel Farage is not anti-European. So he insisted, as he joined Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme, live from the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Nigel is keen to have healthy relations with all of the United Kingdom’s European neighbours, just not as part of what he views as an unwieldy supra-national mega structure: the European Union. And, as the discussion …

Enda Kenny leadership‘He’s making pure eejits out of them.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As certain ministerial heavyweights hold their cards close to their chests, waiting for the right play to maximise their chances of succeeding Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, three heavyweights in the field of political commentary had their say on the ongoing saga surrounding the Taoiseach’s departure. “He’s making pure eejits out of them. For anyone who wants to come after him, …

‘No need for men in grey suits to knock on the Taoiseach’s door… He knows the game is up for him’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“It’s the little things that trip you up.” It’s a phrase that’s being repeated across print, broadcast and online media in recent days, as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, finds himself under increasing pressure to outline a timeline for his departure. On Today was Sean O’Rourke, it was Harry McGee’s turn to pull it out of the bag. The phrase itself was …