He was a leader who put the nation first, a statesman who was never too busy to listen to others, a true patriot in a time of violence, and - ultimately - someone of genuine principle who has now been lost from our land
Surely the time has come to acknowledge what a substantial figure Enda Kenny is, and what a mark he has made on the Irish political landscape, says. He established a place in history last week as the first Fine Gael leader ever to have been re-elected to the office of Taoiseach.
Political leaders, Rising relatives, the Defence Forces, and public servants joined together yesterday in an historic 1916 commemoration that repeatedly sought to include all parts of Irish society.
The expressions of indignation and condemnation from some in government at the heckling of President Michael D Higgins by anti-water charge protesters in Dublin smacks of double standards. (Water charges protest - Attack on President crossed a line, Editorial January 29).
All this hand wringing about abortion and other social issues is so typically Irish and makes one fear that despite everything that’s happened over the last six years, nothing has changed. We all know that there won’t be any meaningful reform or change as long as Enda Kenny’s generation of the grey old men from the 1970s is still in control. Mr Kenny is nothing if not the political son of Liam Cosgrave.
THERE are some things you can say for sure about Enda Kenny. He is a survivor, as tough as nails and not nearly as happy-go-lucky as he wants you to think. Part-actor, part-chameleon, part-huckster and dealer, and if we are lucky part-prodigy as well.
As the old saying goes, it’s a long road without a turn, and for Messrs Frank Dunlop, Jim Kennedy, Liam Cosgrave, Don Lydon, Colm McGrath and Tony Fox that fateful bend arrived yesterday when the damning last chapter of the Mahon Tribunal on Planning and Payments was finally published.