Sunday 23 July 2017

James Downey: Certain to be more twists in tale of party leadership

James Downey

James Downey

NEARLY 30 years ago, Charles J Haughey carried out an exercise in consultation with Fianna Fail deputies. The subject under discussion was whether he would remain leader of the Fianna Fail party. Deputies came out of their meetings with him proclaiming: "He's gone!"

But Haughey stayed. He had never intended to go -- unless he was pushed.

And neither did Brian Cowen when he carried out a similar exercise over the weekend. We have his own word for that. At his press conference yesterday evening, he said that he had never considered resigning.

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