Cowen gives "contrite" and "abject" speech to FF, but won't quit drink

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Sunday Independent really takes it to Cowen today, they've got a number of sources in their lead story, and it doesn't make for pretty reading:

Cowen is contrite -- but won't quit drink - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

Taoiseach Brian Cowen is said to have "purged" himself at a meeting of Fianna Fail cabinet ministers in what turned out to be a successful bid to stave off the threat of a challenge to his leadership -- but he fell short of saying that he would quit alcohol.
The Taoiseach is said to have effectively thrown himself at the mercy of his colleagues in the Cabinet.
A government source told the Sunday Independent: "He was entirely contrite, entirely upfront and contrite."
But sources within the Government have subsequently described Mr Cowen as being "on his final chance".

Yesterday a senior source said: "He is not safe yet, but he is on safer ground for the moment, if you know what I mean."
 


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I have my suspicions he's an alcoholic.

His ego is too big to admit he has a problem.

I've witnessed alcohol dependency first-hand. It's not limited to the image of the scruffy old man drinking cider on the park bench.
 

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I've witnessed alcohol dependency first-hand. It's not limited to the image of the scruffy old man drinking cider on the park bench.
Although that applies in this instance.
 

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A man who seems wholly incapable of giving up the two toxic addictions that may shortly kill him shouldn't be left in charge of a kids tricycle let alone a dying economy and sinking nation.

That his FF Cabinet colleagues are willing to allow such a weak person to remain in charge of the country - presumably at no small risk to his mental and physical well being - is a shocking indictment of them.
 
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I thought it was Lehman Brothers fault?
 

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But...but.... but..... this can't be true. There was nothing wrong. It was all Coveney's doing. THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG!!!

The fateful words that killed off both Mary Hanafin and Dermot Ahern's dreams of being FF leader one day.
 

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20 Questions of Alcoholics Anonymous

In a questionnaire relating to whether a person may be an alcoholic or not, it says if you answer yes to one of the questions it is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic, Cowen would certainly have to answer yes to question 4. "Is drinking affecting your reputation?"
 

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I have my suspicions he's an alcoholic.

His ego is too big to admit he has a problem.

I've witnessed alcohol dependency first-hand. It's not limited to the image of the scruffy old man drinking cider on the park bench.
:lol: You think ?
 

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Its an ill wind that does'nt blow somebody some good !

Publicans will be delighted

As for the rest of us; WERE FOOKED
 

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erk, can we afford to have him give up drinking? Think of the excise duty!
 

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I do not like to make personal remarks about Mr Cowen,He could have put people on the back foot by saying he was staying away from the drink for one day at at a time, He would have regained some respect from me. My Problem is his inability to show leadership, I expected good things from this man, nothing Happened, I am also very worried by the Failure of Brian Lenihan, he has made no progress on anything, we are much worse than when he took over, There has to be an election, there is no confidence in this government, they have no respect, they have to go now.
 

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In my rearing in the Catholic church, you only got absolution if you made a firm purpose of amendment. Does Biffo fit the bill here with his promise to his party ?
 

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He's had more "final chances" than most people have had hot dinners.

None of the pretenders to the leadership throne want to take up the reigns now and be responsible for an election meltdown and facing years if not decades in opposition.

Cowen has brought everything on himself, both as Minister for Finance when there was no regulation of banks like Anglo, and as Taoiseach when he's been on benders while the unemployment queues grew. If he put as much time and energy into solving unemployment as he does socialising and drinking, we'd be have virtually no unemployment now.
 

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He's had more "final chances" than most people have had hot dinners.

None of the pretenders to the leadership throne want to take up the reigns now and be responsible for an election meltdown and facing years if not decades in opposition.

Cowen has brought everything on himself, both as Minister for Finance when there was no regulation of banks like Anglo, and as Taoiseach when he's been on benders while the unemployment queues grew. If he put as much time and energy into solving unemployment as he does socialising and drinking, we'd be have virtually no unemployment now.
He is doing his best to create employment in the hospitality industry !

For heavens sake is a man not allowed thousands of pints of Guinness for fecks sake.
 

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20 Questions of Alcoholics Anonymous

In a questionnaire relating to whether a person may be an alcoholic or not, it says if you answer yes to one of the questions it is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic, Cowen would certainly have to answer yes to question 4. "Is drinking affecting your reputation?"

Re 20 questions: Do you drink alone? Err . . that's my alcoholic autonomous status confirmed, then. Mind you, I'm usually only talking to my mirror on the morning after rather than the nation at large . .
 

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He's had more "final chances" than most people have had hot dinners.

None of the pretenders to the leadership throne want to take up the reigns now and be responsible for an election meltdown and facing years if not decades in opposition.

Cowen has brought everything on himself, both as Minister for Finance when there was no regulation of banks like Anglo, and as Taoiseach when he's been on benders while the unemployment queues grew. If he put as much time and energy into solving unemployment as he does socialising and drinking, we'd be have virtually no unemployment now.
One must surely be entitled to ask now what sort of condition was this man in most of the time while he was MOF and lack of supervision occurred.
 

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I suppose we accept the standard that is given to us,Harris has a go at the IRA every week, thats his duty done, Eilish o Hanlon a bitter young woman, Emer O Kelly a bitter old woman, There is nothing wrong with Miss Enright looking after her family if she wants to. Celia Larkin, former Toiseachs mistress, former Hairdresser,tell us she would vote for Brian Lenihan in favour of Joan Burton to look after our Finances, Brian has been doing that for 2 years now, the economy is worse, Sorry Celia, i go with Joan Burton, Brian has failed, anyway, my judgment is as good as yours,
Eamon Delaneys article does not merit comment, his gripe is that Kenny held the F.G. conference in Waterford, I can remember a time when journalists reported the news.now they want to tell us how to vote. Very few of them have the standard or character to do that,
 


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