Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lise Hand: Portraitgate, Lisbon, abuse reports, floods and F-bombs -- it really was some year

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

TIS the day after Christmas, when all through the House, not a creature is stirring, not even to grouse. The corridors of Leinster House are deserted as politicians of every stripe are recovering from 2009 -- 12 months described by the Taoiseach this week as "the most difficult I faced in my political lifetime".

But perhaps Brian Cowen shouldn't regard 2009 as his annus horribilis, but as his annus mirabilis -- for many political observers regard it as nothing short of a miracle that his Government has made it through intact into 2010.

In February, green shoots appeared briefly when it looked as if Cowen had discovered an ability to communicate -- a skill which had eluded him thus far. Addressing a Chamber of Commerce dinner in Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel on February 5, he eschewed a script and spoke off the cuff.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss