Saturday 25 February 2017

Cowen had an 'off day' with interview says Gormley

Brian Cowen was having an "off day" when he gave his controversial live radio interview this week, Environment Minister John Gormley said today.

But the Green Party leader insisted it was time to move on from the fall-out, which has caused huge embarrassment for the Taoiseach and the Government.

Mr Gormley said Mr Cowen had made a "fairly fulsome apology" and the public now wanted the coalition to get back to resurrecting the country's fortunes.

"The Taoiseach had an off day, he acknowledged that, he apologised," he said.

At the start of his Green Party's think-in in Co Carlow, the leader of the junior coalition partner said dwelling on Tuesday morning's radio broadcast was not helping the economy.

"I know politics is a sort of blood sport and I know we like to sometimes talk about it in a jovial way, the gossip, etcetera, but I have to ask myself as someone who is in the midst of this crisis, as are so many people, is it going to get us out of this particular mess that we're in?" he said.

"And the answer is clearly no."

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