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Enda Kenny’s Cabinet was good at doing what the Troika told them, but they were unable to produce a credible scheme for delivering and disposing of water. Instead, they managed to create the most powerful mass anti-governmental popular movement since the ’20s, 1918 and even the Land League.
We now have a Taoiseach from a party which claims to have been the founder and protector of Irish constitutional democracy, who may or may not have presided over an (unminuted) meeting which may or may not have taken an (unminuted) decision to deliver an unrecorded message which had neither ‘intent’ nor ‘consequence’ but was nevertheless a ‘catalyst’ for a real decision. This could and should have been directed and ‘managed’ only by the full Cabinet. Had it been necessary. Which it might not have been.
This, if it happened, was ‘extra-constitutional’, an abuse of power.
A survey by Amarach Research for RTÉ shows that 55% of those surveyed do not believe the Taoiseach, 33% do not know, only 12% believe him.
If GK Chesterton’s Father Brown, (and most of the sleuths of our own time), were shown the Fennelly report they would simply say that the meticulous assiduity with which all fingerprints were removed indicates — beyond all reasonable doubt — that there must have been fingerprints which had to be removed.
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