Monday 20 February 2017

Eoghan Harris: If Cowen can't talk the talk, then he must walk

Published 19/09/2010 | 05:00

Brian Cowen is in the middle of the journey of his life. Like Dante in Seamus Heaney's version of the Inferno, he finds himself astray in a dark wood, where he has lost sight of the straight road. To find it he will have to figure out where he went wrong.

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Be in no doubt that Brian Cowen is in a bad place. Anyone who has been publicly abused -- and I have had some experience in this area -- knows how dark that wood can be. But an added sense of shame sears right into the soul.

As one of his strongest -- sometimes only -- defender in the media, I care about Brian Cowen more than most. I feel profound personal sympathy for him and his family. But unless he is ready to understand what went wrong, and change his whole approach to communication, I want to say this: enough already.

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