James Downey: Cowen is unfit to lead, but so is the Fianna Fail party
NOT since the resignation of Sean Lemass in 1966 has any Fianna Fail Taoiseach left office entirely of his own volition or at a time of his own choosing. The only partial exception was Jack Lynch, who brought forward his departure by a few months, despite his well-justified misgivings.
Now Brian Cowen is about to add his name to the list. It's ironic, because the last time round he showed the way to do these things.
A leader has to go when the men in the grey suits tell him the time has come. In 2008, Cowen was the chief among the men in the grey suits.