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Lise Hand: Cowen loses cool amidst hot debate on 'snow job'

Published 21/01/2010 | 05:00

WILLIE O'Dea was getting hot under the collar. The Defence Minister was taking flak during question time from Fine Gael's Jimmy Deenihan over whether the Army should have been deployed during the weather crisis, until finally the red mist settled upon his dapper shoulders.

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"It is ludicrous to think of the Army wandering around the country without being requested to do anything, like latter-day Don Quixotes, seeking out damsels in distress, riding MOWAGs instead of horses, and deciding to vanquish dragons whenever they happen to meet them," he spluttered.

Everyone was agog. What in the name of God was a MOWAG? Happily, it turned out not to be an acronym for Monaghan Wives And Girlfriends, but a troop carrier.

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