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Lise Hand: Cowen finally finds voice among the party faithful

Published 22/11/2010 | 05:00

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv set sail for Aranmore in the Donegal South West by-election campaign
Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv set sail for Aranmore in the Donegal South West by-election campaign

Brian Cowen looked worn, diminished. Beside him on the podium of Government Buildings, an ashen-faced Brian Lenihan looked stricken.

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The Taoiseach was being harangued by journalist Vincent Browne who demanded to know why he wasn't resigning, now that the Government has been forced to go cap-in-hand to Europe in search of a massive, mind-boggling dig-out to keep this nation from going broke.

"You are the person now still holding public office who is most culpable for screwing up this country," charged Vincent.

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