I haven’t done a Saturday Story of the Week for a long time (Saturday has become a sort of unoffical Sabbath day from blogging).
But worth simply marking a historic week in Irish history with the appointment on Ash Wednesday of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach (by a record majority vote) and the installation of the 31st Dail with a new Fine Gael / Labour Government (with a huge majority).
Fianna Fail, the party of Government for 61 of the last 79 years, lost roughly 75% of their TDs in an election rout. The Greens have disappeared. Gerry Adams has appeared.
I wish the new Government well and pray that they will lead with integrity, wisdom and courage. Given the ticking time bomb of combined national & private debt owed by the state, they will need bucket loads of all three.
Some wit in the letters section of the Irish Times noted the appropriateness of the day and wondered if Ireland’s ‘Lent’ will last for 40 years rather than 40 days.