Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cowen's got to change and here's how to do it

Published 18/09/2010 | 05:00

After the week Brian Cowen and this country have just had, we could ask: does our drinking culture have a politics problem? Bleary-eyed, remorseful and embarrassed, our fragile Morning (after) Ireland mood has not been helped by the tut-tutting of the international media.

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By yesterday afternoon, the story of Brian Cowen's early-morning blues had been reported by 500-odd news organisations in 26 countries around the world.

Fianna Fail initially tried to blame Simon Coveney's tattle-telling tweet, before prodding the Taoiseach into making the kind of half-hearted apology you hear from hungover types who still can't see what all the fuss is about.

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