Bruce Arnold: This is the biggest political betrayal in Irish history
Brian Cowen has carried through his third major betrayal of the Irish people, far more damaging than either of the previous assaults on our sovereignty and Constitution.
The first was his immediate rejection of the country's constitutional decision not to vote for the Lisbon Treaty in 2008. His second was the comprehensive dishonesty with which the second Lisbon Treaty vote was put before the Irish people in 2009 and carried, by only a narrow margin, despite the complicity of the three main parties.
The third has been the stitch-up of what remained of Irish democracy into a squalid deal between the Cowen-led Government, the EU and the IMF. We are getting nothing out of this except a huge increase in our national debt. It has risen to a phenomenal €117,000 per taxpayer.