- May 23, 2007
As he approaches the twilight of his leadership after five years at the helm of Fine Gael, how do the Kenny years measure up? His place in history is assured I believe, as the man who made Fianna Fail the inevitable party of government. It is now difficult to see how any government can be put together in the foreseeable future without Fianna Fáil being the lead partner, whether with the Greens or Labour or what is left of the PDs. That impression has been reinforced by the sad performance of Kenny in the wake of Berties resignation announcement. There was also ignominy in the way he slunk from the field of battle following a recent humiliating assault by Cowen. Indeed the negative impact for Fine Gael is even starker when we take Cowen into account. In last weekend's poll, when asked which of Cowen and Enda Kenny would make the best Taoiseach, almost two thirds (63 per cent) plumped for Cowen, while just a quarter (24 per cent) back Kenny. Will the Mayoman be remembered as Fianna Fail's secret weapon par exellence?