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Shane Ross: Cowen caught in crony curse

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

THUMBS RUSH: Cowen, an amiable, big-hearted man, failed to break the tribal mould of Irish politics. Photo: Steve Humphreys
THUMBS RUSH: Cowen, an amiable, big-hearted man, failed to break the tribal mould of Irish politics. Photo: Steve Humphreys

BRIAN Cowen is a thoroughly decent man. He is good fun, loyal, honest and able. He does not deserve the personal humiliation inflicted on him in the past week. Yet he is a politician paralysed in the ethos of a bygone age.

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Cowen's political character is a complete contrast to Charlie McCreevy, his predecessor at the Department of Finance. McCreevy always insisted that he would never be Taoiseach because he could not bear to be leader of Fianna Fail. He was no tribal chieftain. He did not have the DNA or the patience necessary for those long nights with the faithful.

Brian Cowen should never have been Taoiseach, but he is a more natural leader of a small tribal Fianna Fail party. He loves his pint and there is nothing he enjoys more than the company of his cronies.

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