Saturday 16 December 2017

Sam Smyth: Defeat is certain but now Cowen risks ignominy

Sam Smyth

IF HE had a rear-view mirror when he was speaking in the Dail yesterday, Brian Cowen would have been chilled at the stony faces on the benches behind him.

Ministers were clearly working out how their leader's performance would affect them -- and at least one more of them was deciding whether or not to run in the election.

Backbenchers sat terrified at the prospect of putting up at least €30,000 to run in an election when the party's most ambitious forecast is for thirtysomething seats.

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