Calling time on political party
WHY is the Irish media fixated with personality-driven politics? It does not matter whether polls indicate a majority of voters want Brian Cowen to step down as Taoiseach.
One of the reasons why Ireland retains a Westminster parliamentary system to begin with is to preserve a buffer that shields its leaders from the excesses of fickle populism.
It makes virtually no substantive difference whether Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan, Dermot Ahern or any other Fianna Fail frontbencher takes up the party's leadership before the next election.