Thursday 23 March 2017

Sam Smyth: 'High noon' crisis almost led to Brian's demise

Sam Smyth

BARRY Andrews' mobile phone rang at 12.30am yesterday -- and when the Taoiseach phones, a minister of state listens intently, even in the witching hour.

Not a full member of Cabinet, he must have wondered what national calamity had triggered a call from Cowen.

Not a man to beat around the bush, the Taoiseach offered Andrews a full ministry.

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