What is Enda Kenny's legacy?

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Enda Kenny was born in 1951. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Mayo since 1975, having succeeded his father. He is currently the longest serving TD.

Serving the country:
Kenny served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 to 1997.
- growth in trade and tourism in that time (how related iy was to him is debatable)
- he chaired the European Union Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland's six-month Presidency of the European Council as well as co-chairing a round of the World Trade Organization talks in 1996. (not sure if either constitute achivements)
- turning the Saint Patrick's Day parade into a festival.
- brought a stage of the 1998 Tour de France to Ireland.

As leader of the opposition:
- In the 8 years, he never became a realistic alternative Taoiseach in the minds of the Irish people (ie when FF fell by 25%, his party picked up 1%-8%)
- he was late in holding Bertie Ahern, John O'Donoghue, Willie O'Dea to account.
- his opposition to boom time over-spending has been lacking in evidence.
- he welcomed decentralisition to Mayo.

For his Party
- the official version is that he brought his Party "back from the brink", but in reality he was able to secure enough new voters and get old FG voters to return the party to the position it was in pre-2002.
- he led his party to being the largest in local government (their stewardship should now be closely monitored in terms of planning, spending and budget management.
- his party is the largest in the European Parliament.
- the Party is within striking distance of power.

Summary:
He is a good local TD for Mayo, who got the leader's job as he was the last man standing in 2002. He has little by way of achievement to justify any of the tributes which follow in the next day or so. The Irish people do not really care about how be rejuvinated his party. He was not rated by Garret Fitzgerald. Apparently he is a nice fellow (just like Jack Lynch) at a time when the country needed a competent critic to nail the government issue after issue on which they have failed. He does not share the extent of their culpability, but he could have done better.

Afterthought:
Perhaps like Michael Noonan and the Oireachtas inquiry, the best is yet to come from (President) Enda.
 


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His legacy will be quite short - leader of FG for a number of years and gets ousted unceremoniously two years before a general election.
 

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In fairness tho' (& I'm not a Kenny fan), he never got the chance to have a legacy, he didn't get the party into power after 3 elections, but he did increase the votes at the last election (from a very low base mind you). His lack of "cut & thrust" has paralysed the floaters (of which I am one) & when he tries to "cut & thrust" it's just funny.

His legacy - He appeals to Daniel O'Donnell fans.
 

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Oh was there an election last week? I must of missed that.
Polls don't count for ********************, it's elections that matter.
If he couldn't be popular at this time when Fianna Fail are at their lowest ebb then what hope is there for him?
If polls don't count for ********************, they why are you hung on his popularity (since there hasn't been a GE since FF collapsed you can only be referring to polls...)
 

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If polls don't count for ********************, they why are you hung on his popularity (since there hasn't been a GE since FF collapsed you can only be referring to polls...)
Polls are only an indicator does anyone really think that Labour a party led by a waffer will pass out Fine Gael not likely, he will soon have to answer hard questions that he cant worm his way out of by saying things like I dont feel it approprate for political leaders o interfere. Fine Gael should hold there nerve at this low poll for their leader.

John Bruton was rated low in opinion polls an turned out to be a very good leader when he was faed with the real job of leaing the country.
 
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I don't count polls but obviously his party does, that's why he's being booted out of leader position.
Curious isn't it? Last week, FG were the biggest political party in the country. Must be a terrifying life: news cycles are getting shorter and shorter...
 

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Making Bertie Ahern look good and apparently) organising a great Paddy's Day fstival and dragging bFG back from the edge of oblivion. The jury is still out on whether the last one is a good thing or a bad thing.
 

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Losing the 2007 election will be Kenny's greatest gift to FG.

It meant FF would be forced to clean up their own mess and take the blame for all their bad decisions in the previous 10 years.

The party who won the 2007 election would be faced with a collapsed property market, collapsed stamp duty revenues, massive budget deficits because of FF's reliance on property related taxes, massive unemployment due to collapse of construction, massive emigration, Anglo Irish Bank problems, and also the same government would be forced to cut public sector pay and other cutbacks.

The 2007-2012 government would be remembered for generations as the worst ever.

FG dodged a bullet in 2007, a bullet which would have ruined the party and they would have been lucky to get 10 or 15 seats in the 2012 election and future elections.

Of course Richard Bruton, Leo Varakar and the like, still think winning that election would have been good for FG.
 

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His final legacy is a deeply divided party and to show up the lack of talent in FG.
 

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His legacy? That crook ahern getting back in for a third time.
 

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Lookalikes ..


Enda Kenny ... actor who played builder of Titanic



Victor Garber ... builder of FG
 
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grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory . . . Giving Cowen victory in the next GE . . .being an utter disaster of a media performer . . . Knowing nothing of the public none

Doing extremely well in last election, but not just getting into power and letting FF stew in their own juice. Imagine if FF lost office what they would say, "You are incompetent, flight of capital, we knew it would happen, the men with de money always leave when FF are not there,ye collapsed a glorious building cash cow, Cowen would probably be leader of FF bequeathed by Bertie and he would be roaring , "In the name of God, go now before you can do any more damage"
 

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grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory . . . Giving Cowen victory in the next GE . . .being an utter disaster of a media performer . . . Knowing nothing of the public none
FF= Bankruptcy, 60,000 a year emigration, budget deficit €23,000,000,000, National Debt €180,000,000,000, broken banking system.
And you have the gall to talk about Kenny. Dont make me laugh.
Oh by the way please ring the Sindo and remind Haughey supporter John Drennan, Aengus Fanning, Celia Larkin and Jody Corcoran of these appalling statistics. Apparently they havent heard yet.
 

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To answer the original poster .Very little.
 


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