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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 17, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    Predictions Hard to Make Especially About Future

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Nobody is rushing to the bookies’ shop but the smart money appears to be on Enda Kenny to win the vote today, by about six votes. Now predictions are very hard to make, especially about the future and we shall know the truth sometime between 4pm and 7pm, according to forecasts. Party chairman Padraic McCormack says “two or three o’clock”.

    A really interesting rumour is that Michael Noonan will be named as Enda Kenny’s new finance spokesman. This despite the fact that Noonan has been generally assumed to be a Bruton supporter.

    HEALTH WARNING: The closer you get to an event, the less reliable rumours become, so don’t take any of this as ‘gospel’.

    It will all be over in a few hours anyway. As so often Yeats sums it up:

    Dear shadows, now you know it all
    All the folly of a fight
    With a common wrong or right
    The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time

    Mind you, the proportion of Leinster House politicians who could be descibed as innocent/beautiful is not large!

    • robespierre says:

      Predictions are hard to make especially about the future…. reminds me of the English sage, Kevin Keegan’s great line on becoming England soccer coach – I’ve dreamt of this all my life, or longer really.

    • barbera says:

      WELL DONE ENDA — and who knew he had such a killer smile!! Gone way up in my estimation

    • Desmond FitzGerald says:

      Is it wrong to want to dance on the grave of Mr V’s front bench career? The sheer stupidity of what Richard did, regardless fo any defaults Enda has, meant he deserved to fail.

    • Desmond FitzGerald says:

      Tom O’Donnell will be giving the young pup an earful for being so stupid and making such a rookie mistake.

      I wonder what will happen to Leo now when Richard is appointed spokesperson on Enterprise & Employment? Leo was never going to be made a cabinet minister in the first government, maybe in the second term or if someone has to resign carelessly, so is there any point in having him on the front bench at all?

    • dermot hogan says:

      Who really cares about Fine Gaels front bench members, they are all pretty useless.

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