People seeing the title of this might assume this is a trolling thread, but I'm completely serious. I believe that the departure of Bertie and his replacement with a new Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fail will ultimately result in Fine Gael removing Enda Kenny as their leader.
Kenny was elected as a sort of FG version of Bertie, after the debacle of the Noonan years. He was portrayed as an everyman, the sort of guy you would like to have a pint with in the pub. This was fair enough in comparison with FF's leader. With the growing significance of the Tribunal issues, Kenny was able to attack Ahern and the government on this issue, and leave to the side attempts to better the government on policy, something with which he has always struggled.
However, politics is about to get a lot more hard edged. It's reasonable to assume that Cowen will be the new leader. We've already seen that in the Dail he has destroyed Kenny without even breaking sweat. Apparently after his recent performance, a number of FG TDs were uneasy about how Kenny would perform against Cowen when Bertie was gone. We're about to find out.
I don't think Enda will be able to cut it. It will become increasingly clear that he is unable to handle Cowen's aggressiveness, sharpness and attention to detail in terms of policy. He is old compared to Cowen, and has already had one election in which to prove himself. I believe that over the coming months there will be a groundswell of feeling with FG favouring the sharpness of Richard Bruton or the debating strength of Brian Hayes. There is a lot of affection and respect for Kenny within FG - I don't believe he will be shafted (though when you conside how they treated John Bruton, you never know). I think he will be given a chance to go with dignity within plenty of time of the next election.
But I think that ultimately, Bertie's departure will seal Enda's fate.