Gene Kerrigan: Mr Cowen goes to Washington and rewrites history
He deserves credit for trying to explain his actions, but he conveniently ignores warnings he got, says Gene Kerrigan
TWICE in recent weeks, Brian Cowen came out of seclusion. The first time, at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, he got a standing ovation. He responded with what looked like gratitude and perhaps a little disbelief.
Then he went to Georgetown University, in Washington, to deliver a lengthy speech. The media response back home was muted.
It was, however, a substantial speech, more than 8,000 words long. And it was the first time any of the politicians who presided over the debacle bothered to provide a considered explanation of what they did and why. For that he deserves credit.