Sunday 26 March 2017

Micheal Martin is the man to return Ireland to prosperity with fairness

Brian Cowen is a man of great intelligence and loyalty, but his steely resolve was his undoing in the end, writes Willie O'Dea

THIS week's column had been intended as a plea to those who had voted confidence in Brian Cowen's leadership to think again. His statement yesterday afternoon changed all that.

Brian's decision to relinquish the leadership of Fianna Fail was not an easy decision for him. Whatever his faults, and they have been much discussed during the past days and weeks by many, including myself, Brian is a man of great intelligence and of great loyalty to the republican ideals and principles of the party he loved and so faithfully served.

Throughout his career, he put the focus on policy and never on personality -- whether that was in government as a minister or as an opposition spokesman. I saw this commitment to ideas and policies during the years we served together in government.

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