Enda Lives to Fight Another Day
Deaglán de Bréadún
Very ‘Oirish’ scene at Leinster House last night. The Fine Gael people were doing a “doorstep” with reporters outside the front gates. Two lads arrive on the scene, clearly coming from the pub (it’s about 12.30 a.m.) The looks of puzzlement and bemusement on their faces are priceless.Anyway, after a five-hour parliamentary party meeting, Enda lives to fight another day. He actually performed quite well on the media in the wake of the George Lee resignation. He will now apparently do proper homework before interviews so that he knows what the party line is on water charges and why exactly they wouldn’t go into government with Sinn Féin (not sure I believe that any more.)
George is gone, in a blaze of mutual recrimination. Maybe the parties will be a little more circumspect towards media candidates in future. The next polls are going to be interesting. Prediction: As things stand, Cowen should go up, Enda will almost certainly go down, FG will go down, FF will go up. But by how much in each case? FG are lucky there are no polls expected for some time. Will Enda make another headline-grabbing announcement like his out-of-nowhere call for the abolition of the Seanad?
An FF veteran of many battles said to me yesterday that the “pendulum always swings back to us before a general election”.
Hmmm. We’ll see.