What are Enda Kenny's three biggest failures as Taoiseach?

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One could point to his positive achievements, but some boring shill can do that..

Enda Kenny will be vacating the office of Taoiseach shortly, though considering he was a dead man walking in February that is an achievement of itself, but the question of this thread are:
- what did he promised to do, but failed to do?
- what initiative did he make a mess of?
- what people should be most delighted to see the back of him as he failed them by his acts and what he had failed to do?
- what big issue he leave unresolved?

Social issues: abortion not much further down the road, inequality, homelessness, property prices generally, emigration, education apartheid on sectarian grounds and a string anti-public ownership bias such that €300m hospitals get given away for free to nuns mortgaged up to their wimples.

Long term issues: little on climate change, not promoting domestic business by preferring multi-nationals, nationalising private debt and dumping it on the next generation, failure to deal with pension timebombs and patent cliff. Obesity and bacterial resistance has received very little attention.

Political: FG is a fairly weak position, and his credibility is not eh, universally, eh, accepted.

The vision thing: I can discern no long term plan for the nation and I'm not the wiser about his view as to Ireland's place in EU, or whether he is closer to Boston or Berlin.

Reform: marriage equality aside what has been improved, he ran and lost a Seanad abolition referendum but has introduced no discernable reform of the discredited body. Needless to say there is no diversification of press ownership.

Conclusion:
He leaves the country in a better place than he got it in, but the improvement is as likely down to external factors or others (eg Lenihan cuts, Troika, EU rules, Spanish write-downs, Brits opposing corporate tax interference) as anything he did. An uninspiring chairman rather than chief and visionless pragmatist, who's greatest achievement was the luck in not winning the FG leadership contest when Noonan did and the 2007 general election. Hisbiggest failures, in my view, are the huge inequality whereby homeless is but a symptom, the failure to get any substantial deal in avoiding nationalising banking debt and he left no meaningful mark on the country such that it could spared a return of FF.

Discuss.
 


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Enda's three biggest mistakes as Taoiseach? In a nutshell:

Being elected as Taoiseach.
Being re-elected as Taoiseach.
Staying on as Taoiseach.
 

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It's unduly harsh to give him no credit for the economic recovery. Since 2011 FG have introduced a number of shítty budgets which were very unpopular and have so far resisted the temptation to splash cash that we don't have in an effort to buy votes. Every economic indicator is improved beyond recognition since 2011. To say the government played no part in achieving that is churlish.

On social issues we have marriage equality and on abortion there has been more progress on this issue since FG came to power than there had been in decades. They legislated for X which FF steadfastly refused to do and we are getting close to having a referendum on repeal.

Main failures?

1. Irish Water.

Speaks for itself. Good idea. Truly disastrous implementation.

2. Housing.

The recession was the time to build social housing for numerous reasons. Economic stimulation through capital spending, addressing a foreseeable need and not allowing the construction sector to shrink to where its lack of capacity would cause problems down the line (not to mention keeping many construction workers in jobs).

3. Lack of necessary corporate legislation and enforcement.

Think vulture funds, NAMA shenanigans, the banks still acting the maggot, etc.

Coming in a close fourth and fifth are lack of reform within the Gardaí and a lack of reform within the wider public sector, most notably health and education.

Every Taoiseach has a long list of things they failed to do but at the end of the day he leaves the country in an immeasurably better state than he inherited it. In the long run that will be his legacy.
 

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It's unduly harsh to give him no credit for the economic recovery. Since 2011 FG have introduced a number of shítty budgets which were very unpopular and have so far resisted the temptation to splash cash that we don't have in an effort to buy votes. Every economic indicator is improved beyond recognition since 2011. To say the government played no part in achieving that is churlish.

On social issues we have marriage equality and on abortion there has been more progress on this issue since FG came to power than there had been in decades. They legislated for X which FF steadfastly refused to do and we are getting close to having a referendum on repeal.

Main failures?

1. Irish Water.

Speaks for itself. Good idea. Truly disastrous implementation.

2. Housing.

The recession was the time to build social housing for numerous reasons. Economic stimulation through capital spending, addressing a foreseeable need and not allowing the construction sector to shrink to where its lack of capacity would cause problems down the line (not to mention keeping many construction workers in jobs).

3. Lack of necessary corporate legislation and enforcement.

Think vulture funds, NAMA shenanigans, the banks still acting the maggot, etc.

Coming in a close fourth and fifth are lack of reform within the Gardaí and a lack of reform within the wider public sector, most notably health and education.

Every Taoiseach has a long list of things they failed to do but at the end of the day he leaves the country in an immeasurably better state than he inherited it. In the long run that will be his legacy.
Would you not admit he missed a huge opportunity to reform the country. Instead of dealing with our corrupt culture he doubled down on Denis O'Brien.
 

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1. Creating a huge wealth gap between the property owning class and everyone else.

2. Completely failing to deal with institutional corruption and secrecy.

3. Normalising blatant lying in and out of the dail to the extent that he and his ministers now routinely lie and distort figures and stats. You simply can't trust a word anyone in the government says.
 

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1. Creating a huge wealth gap between the property owning class and everyone else.

2. Completely failing to deal with institutional corruption and secrecy.

3. Normalising blatant lying in and out of the dail to the extent that he and his ministers now routinely lie and distort figures and stats. You simply can't trust a word anyone in the government says.
He's set the bar very low, so it's scary to think what the next government will be allowed get away with.

At best Kenny was a Walter Mittye Taoiseach that paid no attention to Noonan's solo run on REITS and vulture funds or Hogan's Irish Water, at worst he was the chief architect of twisting the knife FF had buried in our backs.
 

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One could point to his positive achievements, but some boring shill can do that..

Enda Kenny will be vacating the office of Taoiseach shortly, though considering he was a dead man walking in February that is an achievement of itself, but the question of this thread are:
- what did he promised to do, but failed to do?
- what initiative did he make a mess of?
- what people should be most delighted to see the back of him as he failed them by his acts and what he had failed to do?
- what big issue he leave unresolved?

Social issues: abortion not much further down the road, inequality, homelessness, property prices generally, emigration, education apartheid on sectarian grounds and a string anti-public ownership bias such that €300m hospitals get given away for free to nuns mortgaged up to their wimples.

Long term issues: little on climate change, not promoting domestic business by preferring multi-nationals, nationalising private debt and dumping it on the next generation, failure to deal with pension timebombs and patent cliff. Obesity and bacterial resistance has received very little attention.

Political: FG is a fairly weak position, and his credibility is not eh, universally, eh, accepted.

The vision thing: I can discern no long term plan for the nation and I'm not the wiser about his view as to Ireland's place in EU, or whether he is closer to Boston or Berlin.

Reform: marriage equality aside what has been improved, he ran and lost a Seanad abolition referendum but has introduced no discernable reform of the discredited body. Needless to say there is no diversification of press ownership.

Conclusion:
He leaves the country in a better place than he got it in, but the improvement is as likely down to external factors or others (eg Lenihan cuts, Troika, EU rules, Spanish write-downs, Brits opposing corporate tax interference) as anything he did. An uninspiring chairman rather than chief and visionless pragmatist, who's greatest achievement was the luck in not winning the FG leadership contest when Noonan did and the 2007 general election. Hisbiggest failures, in my view, are the huge inequality whereby homeless is but a symptom, the failure to get any substantial deal in avoiding nationalising banking debt and he left no meaningful mark on the country such that it could spared a return of FF.

Discuss.
1. Almost full employment ( down from 15%)
2. Fastest growing economy in Europe , by a mile ( from negative growth)
3. Public finances balanced and debt % way down ( from bankruptcy)
4 Internationally respected and paying our way ( from being beggars)
 

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It's unduly harsh to give him no credit for the economic recovery. Since 2011 FG have introduced a number of shítty budgets which were very unpopular and have so far resisted the temptation to splash cash that we don't have in an effort to buy votes. Every economic indicator is improved beyond recognition since 2011. To say the government played no part in achieving that is churlish.

On social issues we have marriage equality and on abortion there has been more progress on this issue since FG came to power than there had been in decades. They legislated for X which FF steadfastly refused to do and we are getting close to having a referendum on repeal.

Main failures?

1. Irish Water.

Speaks for itself. Good idea. Truly disastrous implementation.

2. Housing.

The recession was the time to build social housing for numerous reasons. Economic stimulation through capital spending, addressing a foreseeable need and not allowing the construction sector to shrink to where its lack of capacity would cause problems down the line (not to mention keeping many construction workers in jobs).

3. Lack of necessary corporate legislation and enforcement.

Think vulture funds, NAMA shenanigans, the banks still acting the maggot, etc.

Coming in a close fourth and fifth are lack of reform within the Gardaí and a lack of reform within the wider public sector, most notably health and education.

Every Taoiseach has a long list of things they failed to do but at the end of the day he leaves the country in an immeasurably better state than he inherited it. In the long run that will be his legacy.

Dave, the 4/5 consecutive regressive budgets were very popular among its core support...little tough about those budgets for FG or its voters
 

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Taking a historic mandate and going to Europe to be used as an ar5ewipe for political machines in the pay of rich banks, over the UNSECURED ( "Hello!!!!.....the hint is in the name " ) bondholders.

The various bailouts of Malteser owned entities including the "Irish" inDependent.

Allowed the maFFia back into politics when he should have FFinished them off for good.
 

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Remembering to Breathe in ,failure in not holding his breath for 10 minutes and also remembering to breathe out
 

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The fact that there have been no prosecutiond for Moriarty Tribunal is to placed on the cv of Frances Fitzgerald as a failure.

Of course she would not regard that as a failure. From her perspective dhe did the right thing. And has been rewarded by never being made responsible for any scandal or failure be any part of the Irish media.
 

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He blew a once in a lifetime opportunity to rip up the playbook for how Official Ireland Does Things.

That wasted opportunity for massive reform will be seen for years to come in a PS that continues to fail at its basic task of delivering services consistent with those expected by citizens of a Western democracy.
 

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1. Not listening to Joan Burton more.

2. Having a dreary haircut.

3. Letting that short-arsed weirdo Sarkozy whack him on the head. He should have pushed him so he toppled off his platform shoes.
 


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