Here is what he said of Sean Lemass, a leader he has said he admires and who he regards as "dynamic patriot of great force and ability" :
Department of Taoiseach - Speech by An Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen, At the launch of "Judging Lemass" In the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson, Street, Dublin, 29th September 2009.This viewpoint reflects the pragmatism which Lemass brought to politics. He was, to use a modern term, a can-do politician who believed energy, activism and decisiveness were crucial ingredients in public life. He was also not a man who could be easily deterred by criticism and the risk-taker in him meant that he was never afraid to apply the philosophy of 'speculating to accumulate' to policy formulation or decision-making.
Let's review Cowen' tenure:
1. Establish An Bord Snip - unimplemented.
'An Bord Snip' rolled out to tackle Exchequer shortfall - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
Tánaiste clarifies 'no sense' remark on McCarthy report | BreakingNews.ie
2. Commision on Taxation - ignored.
RTÉ News: Lenihan rules out new property tax
3. The post Lisbon 1 figleaf - did it's job in buying time before running it again.
The National Forum on Europe*****-*****Taoiseach engages in robust debate with Forum Members on Lisbon Treaty
4. He wanted an oireachtas committee to review the utilty of keeping e-voting machine until John Gormley just acted.
Cabinet rift denied over e-voting decision - The Irish Times - Mon, May 04, 2009
5. Similarily his insistence on an Oireachtas Committee to consider John O'Donoghue's situation sealed his fate.
RTÉ News: Transparent expenses system proposed
6. He has even established an internal FF committee to make the Party fit for purpose under the chairmanship of ...wait for it... no this will kill you...Gerry Collins
Fianna Fil | Renewal: Your thoughts and ideas for our party
7. The PfG has 40 reviews included in it.
Department of Taoiseach - Taoiseach Brian Cowen Comments on the proposed Programme for Government.
8. The future direction of the Irish economy
Business And Leadership: Taoiseach opens economic forum in Farmleigh - Leadership