Tuesday 16 January 2018

Medb Ruane: Cowen said he'd never accuse another Irishman of treason. Well, perhaps he should . . .

Medb Ruane

The former Finance Minister addressed the Dail this week on the question of NAMA and Anglo-Irish Bank. "Any decision I ever made... has been in the best interest of my country as I saw it."

Brian Cowen, Taoiseach since 2008, was becoming emotional, especially after Eamon Gilmore accused him of being an 'economic traitor' who was issuing blank cheques to Anglo Irish Bank and other (Gilmore claims) Fianna Fail allies.

Enda Kenny recalled a languorous private dinner Brian shared with Sean FitzPatrick, Fintan Drury and the Anglo Irish board, just before he became Taoiseach. An International Monetary Fund report on Cowen's desk warned that Ireland's property boom was ending. Yet they all ate cake.

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