Alison O'Connor: Room for pity as Cowen faces last days at helm
HOW could you not feel sorry for him in the end? He stood there doing what almost everyone else had told him was the best and only course of action, but you knew he didn't really accept the verdict.
A good man, done down, by himself admittedly, but still a decent man.
At 51, Brian Cowen has lived more than a quarter-century of his life in the public eye, virtually always as a success.