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

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighter View Post
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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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    I can see the WSJ headline tomorrow:

    Irish Prime Minister vows :'I won't quit the Drink'

    Thanks Biffo!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    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
    But...but.... but..... this can't be true. There was nothing wrong. It was all Coveney's doing. THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG!!!
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    I thought it was Lehman Brothers fault?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalywise View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighter View Post
    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.
    You think ?

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