As Fine Gael Prepares To Win The Irish General Election, Meet Ireland's New Taoiseach: Enda Kenny

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Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:13 | 981536 Fred Hayek
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Career politician whose father was a politician.  Talk about no chance of independent thinking.  Very sad.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:27 | 981582 AN0NYM0US
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"Unlike the other parties, Fine Gael will take on the big vested interests that have contributed to the current crisis – the bankers, the bondholders, the developers and the unions. And we will aggressively cut the waste in our public service to keep all taxes as low as possible."

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:33 | 981608 snowball777
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Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:41 | 981624 AnAnonymous
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Ireland will keep its low business tax. Too important for too many corporations around the world.

So he must be believed on this point.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 13:32 | 982021 snowball777
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Sons of politicians get zero respect until such time as it may be earned by their actions. No exceptions.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:39 | 981620 nonclaim
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That's what they say...

Unless they have a history walking that line and get a massive popular vote that won't happen. The years ahead will be difficult for any government and most of the population; resolution to get across is a must, any sign of weakness will be fatal.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:16 | 981547 Great Unwashed
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He likes romantic walks on the beach? Sounds like a catch!

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:49 | 981638 Ivanovich
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and pina coladas.  and getting caught in the rain.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:02 | 981679 Argonaught
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AND...he has 'cooked a meal'.  Wow.  

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:18 | 981557 israhole
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What's his stance on terrorist Israel?  That's the litmus test.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:28 | 981592 MarkS
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Yes you dipshit, Israel is the litmus test for a country that is bankrupt and who's taxpayers are bailing out French and German banksters...

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:33 | 981609 snowball777
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He says they're pikers.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:55 | 981652 arkady
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Your obsessive hate of one particular country does not add anything constructive to this or any other topic. 

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:00 | 981668 TeamAmerica
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If that's a litmus test, you FAIL.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:35 | 981562 Ragnarok
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Fine Gael..... is strongly pro-EU and opposed to violent Irish republicanism.


Great......  New boss same as the old boss?


Ireland's Leading Party Wants New Bailout Terms

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:22 | 981573 steve from virginia
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I'm glad I'm not Irish I would have to retire to a dark room with a pistol and a bottle of whiskey ...

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:33 | 981593 Oh regional Indian
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Look at him. That tie...ugh. Creepy.

And End-a Kenny?

That is a prophetic dark name if I ever read one.

Good luck Eyerland, you are going to need it.

Edit: I'll say it, he looks totally reptilian and the nigger incident is so typical of a two faced pol. Dynastic politics should be outlawed. We are still suffering the Gandhis here in India.


Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:52 | 981838 steve2241
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Reptilian? I wouldn't be throwing stones rat-worshipper.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:29 | 981594 All is chosen
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Is he, or is he not, a bankster's puppet?

Simple enough question, but I can't the answer anywhere :(

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:31 | 981603 Jack Donaghy
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Hmm... He's the guy who everyone would be nice to at a party but wouldn't actually do a beer bong with. Not one of the cool kids but could probably be wooed. 

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:29 | 981595 eckart
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he's sounds conservative and deliberate...might just, sell the fkn dip

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:29 | 981597 Jack Donaghy
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He's seen to be a "chairman of the board" more so then an actual leader. In order to get a proper feel for the outcome we need to look at the cabinet he's likely to appoint. 

Michael Noonan (Former party leader) in Finance

Richard Bruton (failed to oust Kenny in a heave) in Enterprise

Dr. Leo Varadkar (spouts a lot of right wing rhetoric) Unsure of what department

Labour will also want some cabinet seats but it's difficult to see FG surrendering any of the economic portfolios to them. 



Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:29 | 981599 youngman
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well since I am half Irish...I´ll drink to fact I´ll drink to anything...burp

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:30 | 981600 NOTW777
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if ur in the mood to see full mental illness on display catch chris mathews on msnbc as he spends the day promoting clinton as "president of the world"

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:01 | 981675 Bob
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The guy is worse than O'Reilly.  Nobody gets a word in edgewise, guests are non-talking heads that provide an audience for his rants.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 13:34 | 982028 snowball777
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Maybe someone can break his jaw so we can get a few weeks of peace while his mouth is wired shut.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:38 | 981613 AN0NYM0US
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finegael on banking




Ireland now relies on other Governments to fund our State. That Ireland has been brought to this tragic juncture in our history reflects a massive loss of market and international political confidence in this Government’s economic policies.
At the core of the loss of confidence in Ireland’s economy has been the Government’s reckless commitment of over €100 billion of taxpayers’ money to bank bail-outs (€60 billion in recapitalisation; at least €40 billion in asset purchases by NAMA). This is three times the national debt before the crisis.
And an additional €25 billion in taxpayer borrowing has been earmarked by this Government to cover additional bank losses. The Government’s mantra that bailing out reckless banks and their investors was necessary to protect Ireland’s credit rating has proved a catastrophic misjudgement.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:36 | 981618 LMAO
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Where's the Dork? He has to cast some light on this geezer.

Smells like same shit, different wrapping to me.




Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:10 | 981703 THE DORK OF CORK
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I'm lost for words really - this entire episode is beyond surreal now , but don't worry The Prince Charles of Castlebar will make things better.......... soothing noises , light patting , general feel good niceness and all that. 

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:12 | 981718 Salvatore CFA
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Mon, 02/21/2011 - 14:39 | 982270 Rick64
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 My sympathies, but most of us are in the same boat.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:47 | 981630's picture

The only way for Ireland to recover is to back away from the "ECB Deal" and let the European banks and bond holders come to the table to bail out the worthless Irish banks.  The loans to the banks by other banks and the bond holders will absorb most all the loss.  Depositors should get most of their money and if they don't, it would be easier to protect them than to protect banks that have a cumulative liability greater than 9 times Irish GDP.  The Irish people will be burdened forever until they revolt if they must pay back the ECB/IMF loan at 5.8%.  The government has lost the money it put into the banks but don't bother wasting more.  Review your ability to pay the long term burden--now is the time to renegotiate or dump it on the ECB. 

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:51 | 981644 All is chosen
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Thxs for that Anon.. A bit vague aren't they? When it comes to sharing the pain with bondholders they use the phrase "where appropriate". Shame. I thought they might have some guts. Looks like Iceland will be unique this time around.


Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:13 | 981719 Going Loco
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Big sigh of relief from this side of the Irish Sea if the Irish population is dumb enough to continue the current charade (which, by the way, is mathematically impossible) and our banks therefore do not need another 50bn QE this side of Christmas.

The biggest mistake I have made consistently since the start of this crisis is that I have been waiting for the general population to (1) find out what is going on, and (2) do something about it. I thought the Irish might be the first ones to wise up, given that they have a lot of skin in the game. Doesn't look like it.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:00 | 981670 Jim in MN
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Sadly this does appear to be a case of coke v pepsi party politics. The Irish system is old and corrupt enough to prevent any major opposition--ideological and serious opposition--from even developing in the first place. 

The global elite used Ireland as a manufacturing and property flipping platform, then stuck the ordinary folk with the bill for losses when it soured.  Disgusting story, but who are they supposed to vote for?  The whole deck appears stacked.

The Irish can kiss their children's dreams good-bye, unless a currently unknown path opens.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:08 | 981702 Josh Randall
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Election Fail = "Hope and Change" you're doing it wrong

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:16 | 981724 Salvatore CFA
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"An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him."

-- Oscar Wilde.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:16 | 981729 Foul Ole Ron
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Enda Kenny is an empty suit. Come Feb 26th we'll still be as completely fooked as we are now.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:24 | 981741 Ferg .
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I'd be astonished if Fine Gael win enough seats to form a majority government . I'd imagine a Fine Gael/Labour coalition will be the outcome , with Eamon Gilmore as Tanaiste . Not a poor or incongruous combination in my view ; looking through their respective manifestos I can see a lot of similarities , particularly on healthcare . The fine details differ but nothing that couldn't be solved through a bout of post-election haggling .

The popular perception of Enda Kenny is that he's a bit wooden and hollow . He lacks that charismatic spark . It's sad really , because those characteristics should not factor into  decisions made by the electorate


Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:27 | 981746 Ferg .
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Oh , and for anyone who didn't see it , take a look at this abomination that looked for a minute as if it would derail the entire Fine Gael campaign . Set your cringe deflectors to maximum . 

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 13:38 | 982065 Seasmoke
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what the heck was that ???

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 20:18 | 983473 Ferg .
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I don't have a clue , but I found it disturbing and cringe laden in equal measure .

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 12:28 | 981749 Moe Howard
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Éire go Brách  is just another phrase when it comes to the banksters....

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 13:00 | 981872 jmc8888
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Fine Gael is still bankster whores.  Sinn Fein, or Ireland is screwed.  Will the Irish screw up? We'll see.


Mon, 02/21/2011 - 13:45 | 982092 chrismak
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Kenny is in bed with Big Oil as per his backing of the thugs who signed over the irish rights to Billions of dollars in Gas find off the coast of Ireland. 

Ireland and the economy will not receive one red cent from this discovery in a time when we are in dire straits. Once again the political elite line their pockets on the backs of the sheeple. If in government, would you renegotiate the current deals surrounding Ireland’s oil and gas resources to provide the people of Ireland with a greater return? What changes to the current system would you implement?

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 13:55 | 982103 chrismak
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Kenny is in bed with Big Oil as per his backing of the thugs who signed over the irish rights to Billions of dollars in Gas find off the coast of Ireland. 

Ireland and the economy will not receive one red cent from this discovery in a time when we are in dire straits. Once again the political elite line their pockets on the backs of the sheeple. If in government, would you renegotiate the current deals surrounding Ireland’s oil and gas resources to provide the people of Ireland with a greater return? What changes to the current system would you implement?

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 14:22 | 982222 Pool Shark
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Enda Kenny?


End-a Kenny?


Reminds me of a South Park catch phrase...

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