Saturday 25 February 2017

Set up for a fall, but slugger Cowen came out fighting

Shane Ross

HOLDING NO PUNCHES: Brian Cowen came out fighting and Enda Kenny should be very worried as the Banking Inquiry looks like it could hasten the rehabilitation of Fianna Fail
HOLDING NO PUNCHES: Brian Cowen came out fighting and Enda Kenny should be very worried as the Banking Inquiry looks like it could hasten the rehabilitation of Fianna Fail

Charlie McCreevy was billed as the appetiser, Brian Cowen the hors d'oeuvres and Bertie Ahern the main course. At long last, the Banking Inquiry was set to gorge itself on the Fianna Fail carcases. Earlier witnesses, like the economists, the media, the regulators and the bankers themselves, were the warm-ups. The Banking Inquiry was never about the bankers. It was always about Fianna Fail.

The most cynical wheeze of this Government climaxed last week. Scarce State resources have been abused to damage the political opposition.

McCreevy refused to be a soft target. The former finance minister's spell at the top was too distant from the banking collapse for him to be wounded by the inquiry. McCreevy resigned as minister for finance in 2004, shafted by Bertie Ahern. Nevertheless, he was called as a witness to remind the voters of the dark days of Fianna Fail.

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