James Downey: Leaders must address deepest flaws in society
LAST Christmastide, we had something to look forward to: Brian Cowen's premiership was on its last legs; soon we would have a general election and a new government.
Christmas came and went, and the election presented us with a choice: a Fine Gael majority government or a Fine Gael-Labour coalition. We chose the coalition.
It took office in more appalling circumstances than we ever knew or could have imagined.