‘Enda –gone and almost forgotten’ by Joe McVeigh

Politics is a funny old business. You’re here today and gone tomorrow – as Philomena Begley used to sing. However, Enda Kenny lasted a long time, longer than I, or most people, expected. He had not a lot going for him –not much of charisma which is supposed to be necessary for a politician and certainly for a political leader. I think he had some of that old Mayo charm which helped him to get along. He used it to full effect –at home and in Europe. He was good with people, attended all Mayo matches in Croke Park and appeared at all important events for the last 20 years. I bumped into him one day about ten years ago when he was canvassing in Donegal town and I thought to myself ‘that fella will not go far.’ But begob and begorrah- I was wrong. He went the full distance and became Taoiseach of the 26 counties. Amazing what can happen when you’ve got chutzpah! Look at Mr Trump.

I remember when Enda made a fierce attack on the Irish church one year after the Cloyne report and he had ‘very many priests’ writing to tell him what a great fella he was for closing down the Irish embassy in the Vatican. I wrote to the Irish Times to say that I was not one of the priests who wrote to congratulate him. I did not like his politics and I do not like Fine Gale politics. I have not much time for Fianna Fail politics either. They are both opportunistic and focussed only on maintaining the status quo in the 26 counties – which favours the rich. They ignored the plight of nationalists in the six counties during the British reign of terror(1969-1994). They have made no attempt to offer a strategy for reunifying this country which would be in the best interests of all the people living on this small island. There is a lot of what is called ‘cute hoor politics’ in the south. It’s about who you know and about keeping the money people on board.

I have not much interest in who becomes leader of FG. It’s six of one and half a dozen of the other. It looks like we will be putting up with these politics for some years to come -until a party and leader representing the working class people, the republican people is elected to government. Only then will there be any possibility of real change in favour of the marginalised. Until that day comes the soup kitchens will continue to flourish in Dublin and elsewhere and the numbers of homeless will increase. Enda contributed little by way of justice and equality to the people of the 26 counties. He contributed little or nothing to the north. He will hardly be missed.

12 Responses to ‘Enda –gone and almost forgotten’ by Joe McVeigh

  1. billy May 19, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    soup kitchens and the homeless problem wouldnt be on the increase if irish people were put first.your promotion of open borders is hardly helping matters.

  2. Brian Patterson May 19, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Yes Billy, your old refrain again. So what happens when other countries put their own peoe first and kicked out the million or so Irish living abroad? A lot more soup kitchens needed if that happens.

    • billy May 19, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      let other countries look after themselves.we need to be putting the irish people first in their own country.stopping foreign aid should also be looked at and the money pumped into our own country.

      • Jack Black May 19, 2017 at 10:24 am #

        Sorry Bill to disappoint you but we are Christian here in Ireland.

        • billy May 19, 2017 at 11:42 am #

          christian..maybe open the chapel doors to the irishmen and women sleeping in doorways up and down the country john eh.whats unchristian about putting irish people first in ireland.

  3. Brian Patterson May 19, 2017 at 9:16 am #


  4. Eolach May 19, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Billy, I think you may have been born in the wrong country, your politics and policies are very similar to the NF/BNP. You espouse the same fascist and racist viewpoints as that notorious Austrian …Adolf Hitler…they are definitely not republican in outlook…..Why are you such a negative person….

    • billy May 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

      opinions eolach opinions.your corbyn outlook has been tried and failed.
      whatever happened to cherishing all the children of the nation..this nation.
      ..and less of the insults out of you.

  5. Brian Patterson May 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

    o how are you going to feed the one million ‘expatriate’ (immigrant) Irish when they are kicked out by right wing politicians with the same tiny minds as you, “billy”?

    • billy May 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      lets not try the diversion tactics brian.

  6. Brian Patterson May 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    No Billy in case they show you up. ( How about answering the question?)

    • billy May 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

      c,mon now brian you know and i know that no million expats are going to be arriving home anytime soon(and could you blame them)whats the problem putting irish people first in their own country.anybody else who wants to come comes in on a points based system like other countries not controlled by germany,the open door policy has been tried time and again and has failed thats how brexit came about.