Sunday 19 November 2017

Cowen digs himself into another hole

Brian Cowen tells us the affairs of Anglo Irish Bank were not discussed during the golf outing he had with Sean FitzPatrick in July 2008; that the best part of a day was spent on social chit-chat among friends. This is a remarkable admission.

Time, curiosity and a requirement to be fully informed are presumably the most precious characteristics of a Taoiseach.

Given the rapidly evolving and far-reaching nature of the crisis at Anglo during 2008 and the chaotic uncertainty about its stability and solvency, it was surely grossly irresponsible of Mr Cowen not to have asked Mr FitzPatrick the most penetrating questions about what was going on, or are we now to conclude that the Taoiseach was simply unfocused and not capable of doing so?

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