Enda Kenny a ‘lame duck’ as politics grinds to a halt
Vacuum in weakening Fine Gael as early election in prospect after con of ‘new politics’
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “If the election is less than a year away,” said a Fine Gael TD, “He’s a lame duck and has to go.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The mood was not helped by the surprise announcement from Enda Kenny that he was reappointing James Reilly, now a Senator, to be deputy leader. Photograph: James Horan/RollingNews.ie
One of a series of haymakers came from inside. Shane Ross and Finian McGrath and John Halligan told their Government colleagues they would be supporting Mick Wallace’s Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
What a con that phrase has turned out to be. And the more it’s used by any politician struggling to put a meaning on the unfamiliar landscape of the moment, the more meaningless it has become.