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OPINION: Enda's experience needed now more than ever before

May 7th, 2017 5:02 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – Previously, I have spoken out as to the shenanigans of Fine Gael by trying to get rid of their best ever leader and of those seeking power for their own benefit. At this point in time, I would like to reiterate my very same remarks.

I would call on those who are that hungry and craving for power to have a personal chat with themselves and see the damage they are doing to this country, most of all at a time when the country needs an exceptional, cool, wise leader with experience and a genuine true quality that they have yet to create and build for themselves. That does not happen by changing your tablets. 

Either kid does not possess the tiniest of a fraction of the experience and the quality of leadership that Enda Kenny possesses. Look at the enormous worldwide acclaim he received for standing within a metre of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in the White House and pronouncing an address that was implacable, yet we at home didn't show that extra mile of enthusiastic approval.

Many didn’t even want him to go to the USA on that occasion. Shame I say.

This country ridiculed him on many occasions over his close and personal relationship, which he built up over the years with the other EU countries and tried on many occasions to downplay the respect and integrity with which he is revered in Europe.

On April 28th last, he carried off the greatest accomplishment of his life since entering Dáil Eireann and has to stand side by side with General Michael Collins in his negotiating skills. It is the very first glimmer of real hope towards reunification of Ireland since 1921.

He gave us, the senior citizens in this country, for the first time, a Minister for Older People in one of the most respected and honourable lady politicians inside Dáil Éireann, Helen McEntee, an extremely hard-working lady with a bright future ahead of her.

Finally, I say to the young and not-so-young TDs in Dáil Éireann with leadership aspirations to never forget that, with age and experience, comes a genuine wealth that can never be bought. Stop for a moment and consider your current leader as your most suitable and able in the House for this rocky road ahead in the most serious negotiations yet to hit this island of Ireland since we joined the EEC and then send him to the Phoenix Park when Michael D decides to call it a day.

Yours sincerely,

Michael O'Sullivan,

Cahermore,

Castletownbere.

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