Opinion: Time to choose a leader rather than have one chosen for us – should a snap general election be considered given that Fine Gael is looking more and more unstable – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
June 23, 2017

Opinion: Time to choose a leader rather than have one chosen for us – should a snap general election be considered given that Fine Gael is looking more and more unstable

With the door set to close on Enda Kenny’s reign of mishaps later today, and with Fine Gael looking more and more unstable as each passing day goes by, should the Irish public be now looking for a snap General Election which would see them choose a leader rather have one forced upon them.

With Mr Kenny’s swift and much celebrated departure being hailed all across the land, the country’s political landscape is beginning to look more and more uncertain as we the Irish people are being led by a party who were more than happy to show their most favoured man the door just a little over a year after he was reinstated as Taoiseach.

The fact that Mr Kenny faced an uphill battle over the past few months within his own ranks leaves us the Irish people with a reasonable question to ask ourselves, are we being led by the right people?

Are we as a nation being led by a party of leaders who are happy to work together or party of misfits who put on a show even though they are more than happy to play the blame game when the going gets tough.

Over recent years the country has shown its discontent with former leaders such as Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and even Charlie Haughey but those leaders who have been known to make a catalogue of errors seemingly always had the support from those within their own party.

Although Mr Kenny maybe more than content to walk away giving his handling of the Maurice McCabe fiasco and the long protracted debate surrounding the much hated water charges amongst other things, but are we being left with a steady and reliable alternative.

With Simon Harris ruling himself out of the running, the top position within Fine Gael will more than likely be a two horse race between Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar.

Even though both TDs have been in the Dail for quite awhile many of us can’t help but think are they fit to lead the party let alone the country.

Both men who have left their current/former departments in complete disarray have a lot answering to do before taking the top position given that the health care and homeless situations are the worst they have ever been.

That ultimately leads to the question is Fine Gael’s time up but not just Enda’s.

Although both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Fein reluctantly agreed to support the minority Government just over 12 months ago, both Michael Martin and Gerry Adams must be thinking about the road to the top position within the Dail given that Fine Gael is crumbling at the seams.

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