Saturday 24 February 2018

Lise Hand: Victor left with an inner glow as battle smoke clears

Sam Smyth

AS the smoke of battle cleared yesterday you might have thought that the born-again Brian Cowen was living in a Bord na Mona advert.

He was lit up by an inner glow taking questions in the Dail yesterday and quickly dispelled any doubts that he was master of his own party and commander-in-chief of the Government.

It was not what his critics expected on the morning after the night before when he supped to success and celebrated victory. Yet after the rejoicing it was back to the grim reality of his party's 14pc standing in the polls and his own standing in single figures. He faces a number of hard choices. For example, does he reshuffle the front bench to bring fresh blood into the upcoming election campaign?

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