Wednesday April 8, 2020

Cowen talks tough, but suddenly no one’s willing to listen

Imagine, for a moment, that you have become part of the Backroom, charged with giving advice to the leader of our great republic.

14th February, 2009

Until very recently, the biggest challenge you’d have faced was deciding the colour of the backdrop at the next announcement of largesse. Then, almost overnight, the world economy went into a tailspin and Ireland seems close to crash-landing.

After surveying months’ worth of articles demanding that your boss, the Taoiseach, show leadership and take charge, the gathered heads, both veteran and neophyte agree: no more pussy-footing and trying to shield people from inevitable...

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