The making of an unlikely taoiseach

Enda Kenny began the campaign as a lame duck, and ended it as king of the hill. Here’s how he did it

26th February, 2011

Enda Kenny began the campaign as a lame duck, and ended it as king of the hill. Here’s how he did it

Nine years have passed since the former Fine Gael TD in Mayo, Jim Higgins, arrived at the Castlebar count centre expecting to squeeze through on the eighth count to join his colleague Michael Ring in the Dáil.

A despondent Enda Kenny had been at home with his wife, Fionnuala,...

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