Still laughing - Enda Kenny and ‘The Simpsons’

WHAT do Homer Simpson and Enda Kenny have in common, apart, that is, from celebrating anniversaries? The Simpsons is 30 years in the making and Mr Kenny is today the longest surviving Fine Gael Taoiseach.

Yes, they are both, in a way, cartoon characters. Both can be sporty, with Mr Kenny donning runners and sporting the odd bit of lycra while cycling the Ring of Kerry.

Like Homer, the Taoiseach is also given to odd — and sometimes strange — musings and rhetorical flourishes.

“Please don’t eat me. I have a wife and kids, eat them,” pleads Homer, on encountering aliens from outer space.

Mr Kenny tends to be more philosophical. “Generally when people speak to each other they use words,” he once advised us. Unfortunately, it was not featured in an episode of The Simpsons but during a public address in July 2012.

Mr Kenny is the greater prophet, though, declaring: “I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I can’t play the guitar, but I am going to go a long way if I keep following Springsteen.”

Even Homer Simpson couldn’t match that.

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