Saturday 25 November 2017

Lise Hand: Sorry seems to be hardest word -- but Eamon won't change tune

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE words may change slightly, but the song remains the same. It's become a familiar duet in the Dail chamber these days, sung in disharmony by Brian Cowen and Eamon Gilmore and titled 'Politics Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry'.

And the duet, which was reprised during Leaders' Questions in the Dail yesterday, generally goes like this: first Eamon chants aloud the mantra of how Brian -- as finance minister and Taoiseach -- failed to heed the warning sirens blaring from outside parties about how the financial doodlebugs were plummeting toward Ireland.

"In August 2003, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that Irish house prices were overvalued. In September 2004, the IMF again warned of the potential for what it called a 'disorderly correction'.

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