Friday 28 July 2017

Medb Ruane: Stop being bitter, Mr Lenihan. You had your chance and you blew it

Not seeing eye to
eye: Brian Lenihan
and Brian Cowen
had very different
ideas about
tackling the
economic crisis
Not seeing eye to eye: Brian Lenihan and Brian Cowen had very different ideas about tackling the economic crisis

If there's such a thing as being too clever by half, Brian Lenihan is a martyr to the cause. Brian Cowen's political corpse was still warm when the former Finance Minister gave a bitter interview to his local freesheet, damning the man with whom he'd served during Ireland's descent into penury.

Lenihan spoke to The Community Voice ('Dublin 15's most widely read newspaper') while the count was under way in his Dublin West constituency. "I felt that when he was elected Taoiseach he would give a stronger lead and express himself in a more forthright way about the problems facing the country," Mr Lenihan said. "I felt that I had to give a lot of that lead and give those forthright expressions myself, along with everything else."

You'd think that Lenihan's apprenticeship in academic politics at Trinity College Dublin would have taught him something about how to pick his battles. A stiletto in the back can be worth an arsenal of mis-timed daggers, apparently. But right on time for the Ides of March, Lenihan's words painted himself as a victim of Cowen's unleaderly ways, who'd only stayed on board for the greater good.

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