Saturday 24 February 2018

Michael Brennan: The A to Z of failures that spelled Cowen's downfall

Brian Cowen with wife Mary and daughters Sinead and Maedhbh on Budget Day 2004
Brian Cowen with wife Mary and daughters Sinead and Maedhbh on Budget Day 2004
Cowen is congratulated by Charles Haughey and Brian Lenihan Snr after winning a Dail seat in June 1984
Cowen addressing the FF Ard Fheis in 1995
Cowen in his final year at Cistercian College Roscrea with the senior rugby team in 1976/77
Brain on the golf course in Adare, Co Limerick, while Finance Minister
Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

THERE was an A to Z published by a local newspaper to commemorate the famous homecoming by Taoiseach Brian Cowen two-and-a half years ago.

There were the predictable Cowen entries (D is for debating skills, L is for loyalty) and then there was Q for Quit, which was "one of the few words in the English language that Brian Cowen does not understand".

Looking back to that sunny day in the square in Tullamore in May 2008, it was clear Mr Cowen would have fully agreed with that entry. He spoke without an ounce of foreboding about how bright the prospects were for the country.

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