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Enda Kenny said he has no problem apologising to Maurice McCabe for the issues that he raised and for the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance.

Let’s analyse that.

Firstly, Enda doesn’t actually apologise for anything.  He simply says that he would have no problem apologising in certain circumstances.

What are those circumstances?

the issues that he raised and for the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance

Enda has no business apologising to Maurice McCabe for the issues he raised, since Enda didn’t bring them about, but let’s look at the second part of his sentence

the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance

Does anyone think speed is the issue?

Nonsense.

The reality is that everyone, from the Garda middle management to the Commissioner, from the Department of Justice to the minister and on to Enda Kenny himself, did their best to portray Maurice McCabe as a troublemaker.  They did their best to silence him, all of them, including Enda Kenny.

Therefore, when Enda Kenny says he’d have no difficulty apologising to Maurice McCabe, he is talking standard-issue guff.

The Guerin report is utterly damning.  It exposes  everyone, from the local Gardai all the way up to the Commissioner as part of a completely inadequate and unprofessional policing organisation, but it also implicates the Department of Justice in the spectacular screw-up that is Irish policing.

The new Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has twice failed to express confidence in Brian Purcell, head of the Justice department, even though this was the man sent to wave the hatchet at Martin Callinan, the doomed Garda chief.

Callinan is gone.  His political puppet-master Alan Shatter is gone.  Purcell might well be gone before the week is out, but where does that place Enda Kenny, who was more than happy to leave the garda whistleblowers swinging in the breeze  when he found it politically expedient?

As with most other things Kenny says, his expression of support for McCabe is bullshit, but in this case it might be tinged with a hint of concern  for his own political survival.  After all, he was the man who backed his justice minister when Shatter sought to rubbish what McCabe had been saying.  He was the man who dismissed the assertions that Sean Guerin subsequently found to be true and believable.

Enda Kenny’s own inquiry showed that he had been oppressing an innocent and well-intentioned man.

Therefore, by definition, Enda Kenny’s own credibility is now on the line and maybe it’s time he stood aside in favour of a leader who isn’t so quick to believe and propagate nonsense.

Somebody better than Enda, in other words.  How hard could that be?

 

 

  6 Responses to “Enda Kenny Pretends to Apologise to Maurice McCabe And Puts His Own Credibility On The Line”

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  1.  

    My teenage son calls him BellEnda! I would walk over hot coals to turn off the radio when I hear his drivelling sleveen voice.

  2.  

    Poor effort on the apology there, in fairness.

    Regarding -“The reality is that everyone, from the Garda middle management to the Commissioner, from the Department of Justice to the minister and on to Enda Kenny himself, did their best to portray Maurice McCabe as a troublemaker. They did their best to silence him, all of them, including Enda Kenny.”

    I’d love to read, all in one place, the exact quotes from Edna to show all of that, as well as his defence of Shatter and Callinan.

    Here’s an example of his hypocrisy –
    “It is morally wrong, unjust and unfair to tax a person’s home”
    – Enda Kenny 1994

    Later – (that day, upon reflection)
    “TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said the property tax, the details of which were announced in the budget today is “both progressive and fair”.”

    He’s a weasel and incompetent. And I think he should go.

  3.  

    I was living abroad and the time so was not aware of this ‘Enda apology’ story.

    The extract below is from the Guardian dated 15 September 2002

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/sep/15/world.race

    The familiy of Patrice Lumumba, the assassinated first Prime Minister of Congo, have demanded an apology from the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, who called the revered African liberation hero a ‘nigger’ in a racist joke.
    Disgust at Kenny’s recent remarks spread last night to Britain, where he was condemned by race campaigners, including the powerful Commission for Racial Equality watchdog and British political parties.

    In a remarkable twist, The Observer has discovered that members of Lumumba’s family – including one of his six sons and seven of his grandchildren – are living in Tallaght in west Dublin, after fleeing political persecution in the former Zaire in 1997.

    Kongole Lumumba, son of the murdered leader, told The Observer of his hurt and embarrassment on learning of Kenny’s remarks from his 15-year-old son, who was told of them at school last week.

    He now wants the Fine Gael leader to explain his actions. ‘Mr Kenny made a public apology, but he didn’t apologise to me.’ He added: ‘It is very sad to hear of my father, who was a great man, being spoken about in this way. I would like to call that man [Kenny] and ask him exactly what he was talking about. I still can’t believe that a man in his position would make such a remark. He has made a spectacle of himself.’

    Anti-racist groups in Ireland and Britain are dismayed that Kenny has been able to keep his job after his comments about Lumumba, the first leader of an independent Congo, who was assassinated by opponents in 1961.

  4.  

    There ya go Enda, your turn to comment.

  5.  

    interim garda commissioner o Sullivan needs to be asked has she ever quashed penalty points ? when her former boss now retired {sacked/pushed} commissioner callinan spoke of the garda whistle blowers as :disgusting : she never flinched .its on social media for all to see , same old ,same old , just a different face.

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