Taoiseach Brian Cowen stated on December 7, 2010, that he was proud of the Government's achievements.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern stated on December 30, 2010, that "I am proud of what I have achieved in politics".
Given the disastrous state of the country as a result of the performances of these two individuals both as Taoisigh and finance ministers, the only appropriate response is to borrow a quote from Dag Hammarskjold's book, 'Markings'. "The madman shouted in the marketplace. No one stopped to answer him. Thus it was confirmed that his thesis was incontrovertible."