The idea of moving from the top job with the airy corner office back to the dark factory floor is not very appealing and might go some way to explaining why Enda Kenny did not rush his exit, writes Edel McAllister of RTÉ's Political Staff.

Despite the long goodbyes, Mr Kenny still has a job in Leinster House as a TD for Mayo - a job he has held since he won his late father’s seat in a by-election in 1975.

In 2011, Fine Gael held four out of the five seats in the sprawling constituency of Mayo.

In 2016, the constituency became a four-seater with the party retaining just two seats - that of Mr Kenny and his fellow Mayo stalwart Michael Ring.

A resurgent Fianna Fáil took the other two seats and may even attempt to take a third one the next time around.

Sinn Féin has also been making in-roads in the county, with a solid performance from Rose Conway Walsh who is building her profile as a Senator.

Given the perilous state of the Government, a by-election would be risky.

So how long will Enda Kenny solider on as a humble backbencher?  And when the time comes, will he contest the next general election?

In keeping with his habit of keeping everyone guessing, he is reported to have told his constituency organisation late last year that he would run again.

However, Editor of the Mayo News Michael Duffy now believes it is more likely that his daughter Aoibhinn will contest the seat when the time comes.

"Her college career indicates an interest in politics", Mr Duffy said, pointing out that at 26, the law graduate is already older than when her father began in politics at the tender age of 24.

In the meantime, there has been speculation that Mr Kenny may play a role in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, which might provide some relief from the daily grind of Leinster House.

Mr Duffy believes the next phase of Mr Kenny’s future is more than likely in Europe, given his connections.