Tuesday 24 January 2017

Fool me once . . .

Published 17/11/2011 | 05:00

•What will be the legacy of Brian Cowen? Long before Bertie Ahern stood down as Taoiseach in 2008, it was apparent that Mr Cowen would replace him.

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Why? He was not your typical Taoiseach -- he was rough around the edges, he certainly didn't have the charismatic charm of Ahern -- but he did seem to be competent in his political endeavours. Weren't we the fools?

Mr Cowen, as Finance Minister, put this country into a deep recession, one where the light at the end of the tunnel seems light years away. Once again, a generation had to up and leave their place in search of a space that could provide jobs . Families' lives have been destroyed. Harsh, one might say. But the reality is that he convinced his government and the Irish people that he was putting forward a budget that best served the Irish people.

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