Courage is needed ahead of painful measures

Just a year ago today, the front pages of the newspapers were reporting that Brian Cowen had formally declared himself a candidate for the leadership of Fianna Fáil. As we now know, that leadership race was uncontested - and Cowen was elected Taoisea

4th April, 2009

Just a year ago today, the front pages of the newspapers were reporting that Brian Cowen had formally declared himself a candidate for the leadership of Fianna Fáil. As we now know, that leadership race was uncontested - and Cowen was elected Taoiseach a month later.

So much has happened in the 12 months since that it seems like we’re talking in dog years, rather than human ones. The headline in the Irish...

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