Friday 24 February 2017

Finance Taoisigh must let go of the empire mentality

The job of leader calls for more than mere national accounting, writes John-Paul McCarthy

THOUGH Brian Cowen's premiership seems to have regained some semblance of balance, Brian Lenihan still has more than a fighting chance of becoming Taoiseach.

If he gets the job, he will be the seventh former finance minister to become chief executive, following the trajectory of Lynch, Haughey, Reynolds, Bruton, Ahern and Cowen himself.

Though each of the previous ascents to the centre chair was to some extent unique -- only Haughey, for example, was cashiered via Special Branch warrant -- some melancholy insights can be gleaned from the fate of what we might call the Finance Taoisigh.

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