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Bertie has no right to criticise Cowen

Is Bertie Ahern living in the same world as the rest of us? The cheek of him to criticise Brian Cowen.

It is not so long since this chameleon told the Irish nation that those people who were pointing out the dangers that the economy faced should consider jumping off a cliff.

This man who knew what was going on in the Irish economy then decided that it was time to jump ship in order to prepare himself for the ultimate prize of the Presidency.

He did this in order to save himself from having to make any unpopular decisions regarding the running of this country. To point out that he was the main man responsible for the peace process is to do a disservice to all who were involved in that great achievement.

If we, as a nation, cannot recognise when we are being used for political gain, we should remember the words of Abraham Lincoln: "If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.

"It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

That speech is as relevant today as it ever was. Brian Cowen had the courage to stay the distance in the gravest situation that this country has ever found itself in.

He may be responsible for some of this mess, but he has openly admitted this on numerous occasions, as opposed to his predecessor.

Frank Cummins
Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Irish Independent