Cap'n Cowen plots uncertain course for the HSS Hibernia
Cap'n Cowen looked as if he was enjoying himself on the barge. It's a vessel configured a bit like himself -- an unshowy boat which operates at a ponderous pace and isn't too good at changing direction in mid-stream. (If the main opposition leaders were boats too, Enda would be a Mirror dinghy which bobs about enthusiastically but tends to wobble in choppy seas; while Eamon Gilmore is more akin to a submarine, preferring to keep tactically below the radar until an election is called).
The Taoiseach had two reasons for turning up with Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe at Grand Canal Dock yesterday morning.
The first was to announce €3.3m in funding for city and county boards, and the second was to try and calm the ripples caused by all the argy-bargy over Who Said What about forging a consensus with the opposition parties over the whole raft of horrible budgets looming on the horizon.