Friday 21 July 2017

Declan Lynch: Remember our mention of 'bar lobby'

Most of the scribes tended to ignore the 'socialisation aspect' of Brian Cowen's job, writes Declan Lynch

Near the end of the first part of the RTE documentary, Crisis: Inside the Cowen Government, Mary O'Rourke made a most insightful contribution.

"Brian Cowen was very shy," she said. "So maybe the drink helped him. Maybe the few pints brought him back to a happier time, loosened his tongue, made him more friendly. And maybe he entered into a little space where life wasn't as difficult or as horrendous or as awful as it had become."

For viewers who may at some stage of their lives have entered a "little space" of their own, and perhaps stayed there for a little while, there was an immediate feeling of kinship with old Cowen-sy. They have always understood him in ways that seem completely inaccessible to almost all political journalists, who didn't see that in Cowen -- or if they did, they didn't understand it, and for their own reasons, they never bothered to tell us.

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