Thursday 8 December 2016

Gene Kerrigan: Country deserved better than Cowen

Biffo's only legacy was to turn the State into a plaything for gamblers, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 23/01/2011 | 05:00

She'll come to this country from the University of Brisbane, almost 50 years from now. We'll call her Angela.

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The grand-daughter of one of the 100,000 people who will emigrate from this country over the next two years. She'll be researching a thesis on the reign of the man that the history books will routinely refer to as Biffo the Clown, Ireland's silliest ever Taoiseach. She'll be curious about this man. The very mention of his name makes her grandfather mutter obscenities.

Who was this Brian Cowen who presided over the Great Recession that destroyed the lives of so many? What did he stand for that so angered his party? And what exactly happened in that extraordinary week -- when his TDs voted confidence in him on Tuesday and by Thursday went hysterical with hatred and contempt for him?

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