By Patrick Brogan
Our Taoiseach is away in Berlin on business today. This coincides with the publication of the Fennelly Report, which looks into Garda wiretapping.
While Enda Kenny is meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, discussing the post-Brexit European Union, important questions need to be answered at home.
The Fennelly Commission looked into allegations of Garda wiretapping which date back to 1980. The main focus was on bomb threats, the performance of Attorney-General Marie Whelan and the fact that the records of these have been stored in Garda HQ since 2008.
Who thought that the doom and gloom of Britain leaving, our biggest trading partner, could offer some rest bite? Enda Kenny may be happy to get away from another Garda story. Or, is it a case of German being more important than Irish affairs? Either way, Kenny can hide only so long from Garda controversies.
Fine Gael are having a bad time of it recently. The Irish Water fiasco finally seems to be coming to a head. Members of the party, even the most loyal, must surely be questioning his ability to lead. Maybe, he will stay in Berlin and not bother coming back. Hopefully.