Sunday 4 December 2016

Batt man comes to aid beleaguered Brian Cowen

Published 17/08/2008 | 00:00

Finally, at the end of his fraught first 100 days, I have two bits of good news for Brian Cowen.

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First, Niamh Horan's hilarious Sunday Independent story about dunking digestive biscuits with the Taoiseach in a caravan in Connemara did him no harm at all with the women of Ireland -- and gave the rest of us a glimpse of the human face behind the tired public mask.

Second, in Batt O'Keeffe the Government has finally found a gritty minister who is willing to think outside the box, and get blood on his shirt. His willingness to say hard things should be copied by other ministers. Like Brian Lenihan. Last week, Lenihan took cheap shots at private sector profits rather than raise reform of the real fat cats -- the permanent, pensionable and unproductive public sector.

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