Lise Hand: Parties wrestle in smouldering ruin as salvage operation begins
WHAT a bitter end for Brian Cowen. It was his insistence on exercising his (perfectly legal, but politically inadvisable) Taoiseach's prerogative to reshuffle his Cabinet that hastened the inglorious end of his Government.
And now he is effectively deprived of his final, momentous decision as Taoiseach -- to select the date of the general election.
Oh he will get to actually name the date as is his prerogative, but the date has been fixed by others. Or to be precise, he gets to name it again, as he announced in the Dail last Traumatic Thursday that it would be held on March 11.