Cowen’s ‘abject apology’ just the start of his journey on road to redemption

The new government’s first week was dominated by a four-year-old scandal that its Minister for Agriculture had thought was safely buried in the past

12th July, 2020
Cowen’s ‘abject apology’ just the start of his journey on road to redemption
Barry Cowen: Fianna Fáil’s newly appointed Minister for Agriculture has been at the centre of a drink-drive ban storm in his first week in office. Picture: Rollingnews

The Green Party expected roads to be a source of conflict in coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. They never guessed that their first week in government would be about how Barry Cowen, the newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture, had been put off the road for drink-driving while on a provisional licence.

Eamon Ryan, the Green Party leader, and Catherine Martin, the deputy leader, both found themselves forced to defend Cowen in public...

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