Monday 18 December 2017

Cowen's wounds are his own fault

IN the fable, the scorpion stings the frog which is carrying him across the river. Although it means doom for both, it is in his nature. That seems to the case with Mr Cowen's inept handling of his meetings with Sean FitzPatrick.

He has single-handedly turned what should have been mere political knockabout into a serious crisis. Looking at some past performances, that seems to be in his nature.

Arguably, the most minor part of the affair could yet be the fatal blow for the Taoiseach. When that other golf club visitor, Sinn Fein's Caoimhin O Caolain, asked who else was with Mr Cowen and Mr FitzPatrick, the Taoiseach said it was Smurfit Kappa chief executive Gary McGann and consultant Alan Gray.

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