Thursday 19 October 2017

John Drennan: Cowen and the triumph of failure

No one follows a terrified leader, but martyrdom may be Taoiseach's legacy, says John Drennan

John Drennan

John Drennan

The day before Brian Cowen came to power was the final, perfect epilogue of the great age of Bertie. On a sun-kissed day, Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley had met on the banks of the Boyne, put their political swords into their scabbards, and signed up to a new age of unity between Orange and Green.

After the departure of the two old lions, the uniquely orderly transfer of power between the fading star and FF's new strongman seemed like the beginning of a perfect new age.

It's all changed a bit since then, for next week's second anniversary of the accession of Cowen will be dominated by the knowledge that the nation believes Mr Cowen has been there two years too long and it's time for him to be gone.

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