The sooner Enda Kenny steps down the better
The last thing Ireland needs right now is a faltering government, with or without a new leader. Or an election. Yet one of those two outcomes, possibly both, is what now lies ahead of us as Enda Kenny’s final days as taoiseach play out.
What Ireland really needs over the coming months is a stable government able to make tough decisions and provide strong leadership. We need that for two reasons.
Within a few weeks British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50, starting the process that will take the U.K. out of the EU. At that point the hard bargaining between Britain and Europe will start and the reality of what lies ahead for Ireland will soon become apparent. We’re then going to find out the real value — if any — of the assurances given to us by both the U.K. and the EU recently, assurances that were probably little more than wishful thinking.
The next few months should also bring a clearer picture of Donald Trump’s new deal to get American companies to invest at home rather than abroad, not least in Ireland. Despite a few reassuring things some of the Trump team have said about Ireland, the reality is that we are a very small part of a very big picture and we could easily become unintended collateral damage as the president’s policy on bringing jobs home is implemented.
For both of those reasons — which together add up to the biggest challenge Ireland has faced in decades — the next few months would be a disastrous time to have an unstable government here. Or to have an election and the weeks of stasis and uncertainty that would bring. However, thanks to the mess the present minority government has got itself into, that is precisely what is coming down the tracks.
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