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James Downey: Cowen is unfit to lead, but so is the Fianna Fail party

Published 15/01/2011 | 05:00

NOT since the resignation of Sean Lemass in 1966 has any Fianna Fail Taoiseach left office entirely of his own volition or at a time of his own choosing. The only partial exception was Jack Lynch, who brought forward his departure by a few months, despite his well-justified misgivings.

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Now Brian Cowen is about to add his name to the list. It's ironic, because the last time round he showed the way to do these things.

A leader has to go when the men in the grey suits tell him the time has come. In 2008, Cowen was the chief among the men in the grey suits.

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