I have no problem with the Fine Gael rebels who have now accepted a place on Kenny’s front bench. To my knowledge, none of them actually said they would refuse to serve with Kenny. Politics is politics.
Richard Bruton is, however, a different matter. He led the heave and, if memory serves me correctly, he clearly stated that it would be hypocritical of him to accept a front bench position should he lose the challenge.
His failure to stand by his principles confirms his poor leadership pedigree and while he’s likely to be a minister in the next government it will almost certainly mark the high point of his political career.