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    Default What is Enda Kenny's legacy?

    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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    How so Bain?

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    Legacy as a fashion trailblazer?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bain Dramage View Post
    Well Fianna Fail are at probobly their lowest point in history and the leader of the main oposition party, Enda, can't take advantage of it
    Last week FG were the biggest party in the country
    You should listen to my bias, not the other side’s bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey cat View Post
    Legacy as a fashion trailblazer?

    He looks like something out of the Wizard of Oz!!

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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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    Losing the 2007 election with "Dream on, baby"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bain Dramage View Post
    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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