Thursday 8 December 2016

Cowen's pension the one minor dent in his continuing bliss

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen

The Nation is holding its breath to see if the Banking Inquiry, once and for all, will establish that Brian Cowen is happy.

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Sadly, the one minor dent in his continuing bliss is caused by the constant reminder of the inordinate pension which he now admits he should never have accepted.

I agree with Brian that it is easy for his critics to pass judgement on his acceptance of such a large sum, particularly in the context of the level of poverty in Ireland. He is eloquent in his withering dismissal of hindsight as a source of political wisdom, though he admits that had he his time to go over again, of course he would not accept such a large and seemingly undeserved pension. Who would?

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