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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

Published 01/04/2012 | 05:00

Brian Cowen
Brian Cowen

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.

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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.

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