Tuesday 17 January 2017

John Drennan: Taoiseach still a dead leader talking

No amount of rhetorical perfume can disguise the tainted brand that is Fianna Fail today, writes John Drennan

Published 12/12/2010 | 05:00

NEW FAVOURITE: Many Fianna Fail TDs are now looking to Micheal Martin rather than Brian Lenihan to replace Brian Cowen. Photo: Tom Burke
NEW FAVOURITE: Many Fianna Fail TDs are now looking to Micheal Martin rather than Brian Lenihan to replace Brian Cowen. Photo: Tom Burke

WERE Irish politics not so surreal, it might seem odd to suggest the 'rebirth' of Brian Cowen should be a source of real fear for Fianna Fail.

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Last week, as Ireland's least favourite Biffo bashed a variety of real and stage enemies, those Fianna Fail TDs trembling beside the political abyss, bravely tried to believe that after 10 years of false starts, the real McCowen was finally here.

Their delusional relief was understandable, for the plotting colonels, disappearing allies and an electorate who simply want him to get out and stay out have left Mr Cowen looking all too like some embattled dictator trapped in a bunker, calling on imaginary legions to rescue his broken state.

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