Today he became Fine Gael’s longest serving Taoiseach, clocking up 2,234 days in office and surpassing the record of John A Costello.
Last month he told the Parliamentary Party he would stay on as Taoiseach to deal with the issues of the Northern Assmebly elections and Brexit, and he would address his leadership after the EU summit on Brexit on April 29.
Since his party’s failure to win last years general election his whole focus has been on holding on to power and hobbling along.
The expression “lame duck” is a hunting term that refers to a duck that’s been shot to bits but still alive and just about able to move.
Kenny is that duck, so battered he was willing to share his nest with his arch rival Fianna Fail for his own self preservation.
His old colleague Alan Shatter, speaking recently in the Sunday Independent, said Kenny was putting his own needs ahead of the good of the country. He said:
“Enda Kenny has only one strategy — continuing political survival and to remain Taoiseach and in government for as long as possible. Retention of power is the only game in town.
“Principles, values, fiscal and economic objectives, social priorities, concepts of public service, and of the public good, or the long-term political health of the Fine Gael party have long ceased to be his primary focus when determining how issues should be addressed.
“For the Taoiseach, doing what is right for the country has come to mean doing what is required to politically survive and remain Taoiseach for as long as he can string it out.”
During Kenny’s leadership of the state in the last 12 months we’ve seen:
- Vulture funds enjoy record profits renting out apartments they got for a steal to a population who’s taxes paid for them.
- The worst homelessness crisis the country has ever seen and his government failing to reach house building targets.
- A health service barely fit for purpose with thousands being denied vital operations.
- The Garda whistleblower controversy
- The refusal to support the Water Committee decision.