Brian does his bit for tourism with caravan trip
TAOISEACH Brian Cowen will be boosting the hard-pressed tourist industry by holidaying at home in his "caravan".
He has travelled to a caravan park in Connemara with his wife and family for a summer holiday break for more than a decade -- and has no intention of breaking that tradition this year.
"It's gas when you try and keep some sense of normality and continuity in your life, the media come down and think it's very inappropriate for the Taoiseach to be, horror of horrors, sharing a holiday with others in the area he's been sharing for 10-15 years," he said.
Mr Cowen joked that there was no need for him to put a tow-bar on his car like British Labour MP Margaret Beckett -- because his "caravan" was in reality a fixed mobile home.
"You know me, I'm a man of simple pleasures and I like to go down having a round of golf, walking on the beaches, meeting a few friends for a relaxing (pause) few hours. That's my way of relaxing," he said.
Mr Cowen told Today FM host and Irish Independent writer Sam Smyth that he hoped to spend a "few days" on holidays in the mobile home this summer.
"I'm looking forward to the football, the hurling, the championships, the race meetings, the Derby," Mr Cowen said of his other summer plans.