Blessed Bertie and Brian
• The recent suggestion that Brian Cowen was on a management course was mischievous and ill-founded. I can confirm that he and Bertie Ahern were preparing for a penitential exercise as an expression of remorse for bringing the country to its knees.
They will be under the spiritual guidance of builder-turned-monk, Abbot Tom McFeely, of the Priory Hall community.
The two penitents readily admit that the pensions they received on retirement were exorbitant, undeserved and are a persistent embarrassment to them. They both state that if they had their time to do over again they would not have agreed to such sums. They will never forgive themselves for accepting them.