Tuesday 21 November 2017

Loss of respect mixed a bitter cup for Cowen

When a politician sees respect for the soundness of his judgement evaporate, he has lost everything, writes Jody Corcoran

THE text message flew around like wildfire on Saturday night week last: Brian Cowen was in the Brewery Tap in Tullamore. At the time, the Taoiseach had not yet announced his intention on whether he would go, or stay to lead Fianna Fail into the election.

I rang a friend whom I rightly suspected would be in the pub. "Not at all," he said, "if he's anywhere, he's below in Wrafter's, in the snug; that's where he drinks these days."

So he rang another man whom he rightly suspected would be in Wrafter's off Market Square, a more discreet part of town, and the message came back that neither was Cowen there.

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