Monday 16 January 2017

Mr Cowen contradicts himself at the Inquiry

Published 03/07/2015 | 02:30

'Mr Cowen had not come to the party to be turned on the spit'
'Mr Cowen had not come to the party to be turned on the spit'

This is fine weather for barbecues and, given the heat in the build-up to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen's appearance at the Banking Inquiry, there was an expectation of charred flesh. As is often the case, we got a lot of smoke, some flashes of fire, but nothing really substantial to chew on.

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Clearly, Mr Cowen had not come to the party to be turned on the spit. There was a mild act of contrition but there were also contradictions. Yes, he was very sorry that hardship had been caused by decisions that were made.

But he entreated "we were on our own". All told, he was "very happy" with his job as Minister for Finance.

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