For the party's good, Cowen must go
Despite his many qualities, Brian Cowen cannot shake off the mantle of doom that has cloaked Fianna Fail for the past two years, says Celia Larkin
"It is a poor thing for anyone to fear that which is inevitable." Tertullian
Brian Cowen may have been pictured last week with Angela Merkel as if she was a pal, but that's not going to cut any ice with members of his party, transfixed, as they are, by the most recent opinion poll.
To put it bluntly, at 18 per cent, the backside has fallen out of Fianna Fail. Who would have believed that a party that managed to win power in three successive General Elections could sink so low in the polls?