Sunday 4 December 2016

Lise Hand: Twisting in the wind after week of haywire dramatics

Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00

IT was 2pm on Saturday afternoon, Day Seven of BIFFO (Bungled. Ignominious. Frenzied. Flabbergasting. Overwrought) when Brian Cowen slowly began to uncurl his fist from the levers of power.

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"I have decided on my own counsel to step down as leader of Fianna Fail," he declared to a packed press conference in the Merrion Hotel.

The Taoiseach was flanked by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Chief Whip John Curran, but in essence he was alone -- abandoned by his party, shunned by the electorate, and left to twist in the raging gale that had roared through the corridors of Leinster House for seven haywire, helter-skelter days.

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