Monday 18 December 2017

'Yes, I should have gone to bed earlier'

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

IT was pitiful to watch our Taoiseach apologising for his old ways.

Brian Cowen shifted around uncomfortably when he eventually emerged from behind the door of Freund Pharmatec's building in the Sragh business park in Tullamore.

He was on home turf announcing 25 jobs but that didn't save him. So what did Brian Cowen learn from the Galway controversy? "To ensure that in terms of my doing interviews in the future everything is okay on that front."

Then Mr Cowen went on to explain how the hullabaloo arose from a tweet, but the media weren't having any of that. And so he was asked again: "What lessons have you learned?"

"Obviously, the lesson that has to be learned is not to find myself in that position again, that would be my intention."

"But what does that mean Taoiseach?"

"I think it's a pretty simple statement. . . Obviously, without having to reflect further on it, the issue is about trying to make sure that, while enjoying the conviviality of the company, I'd need to leave sooner."

He finally said he should have gone to bed early.

Was he going to change his ways? "To be honest, it's important when you are Taoiseach, the office has to be upheld all the time. I'd hate for anyone to think that I wouldn't take that aspect of my job seriously."

The challenge, he said, was to be himself while also leading the country. And he signalled he'd be changing his drinking habits.

"I'd be a bit more cautious about that aspect of how I conduct my social life."

Irish Independent

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