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    Default A short history of the Irish Republic in 65 words

    Declared by Pearse,
    Partitioned by Lloyd George,
    Negotiated by Collins,
    Stabilised by Cosgrave,
    Re-Constituted and reprieved from war by De Valera,
    Re-declared by Costello,
    Made productive by Lemass,
    Conceded to Europe by Lynch,
    Chaired by Cosgrave,
    Near bankrupted by Lynch,
    Corrupted by Haughey,
    Saved from the abyss by Fitzgerald,
    Recovered by Haughey,
    Governed briefly by Reynolds and Bruton,
    Treasonably betrayed by Ahern,
    Finally bankrupted by Cowen.

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    You forgot to mention "Near Bankrupted by Dev" and "Corrupted by Dev"

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    Shouldn't St Lenny be mentioned in despatches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holy Cow View Post
    You forgot to mention "Near Bankrupted by Dev" and "Corrupted by Dev"
    The 1937 Constitution and effective neutrality were of far greater significance then the mixed effects of the economic war and the Irish Press.
    Similarily, there is no mention of Ahern's one positive contribution - his part in the peace process.

    Afterall if is a short history. Feel free to submit your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FakeViking View Post
    Shouldn't St Lenny be mentioned in despatches?
    He will be a footnote in history. Future historians will struggle to understand how Cowen appointed a man with no economic knowledge as minister for finance and retained him even after admitting not reading vital reports and being diagnosed with a life threatening illness.

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    'Recovered by Haughey'?

    The guy poisoned Irish politics beyond salvation. All the rest were just well-meaning ninnies hopelessly trapped in the Republic's civil war politics, which was supported by the electorate.

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    all maintained the status quo to ensure the british system of exploitation and deliver us where we are today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post
    He will be a footnote in history. Future historians will struggle to understand how Cowen appointed a man with no economic knowledge as minister for finance and retained him even after admitting not reading vital reports and being diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
    Is it a footnote or a blot? I think you underestimate the damage he's done. Cowen is a blustering buffoon who would be long gone by now if Lenihan wasn't propping him up with his mastery of the discipline of spin. Pity future generations that that is the only talent he posseses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezza View Post
    'Recovered by Haughey'?

    The guy poisoned Irish politics beyond salvation. All the rest were just well-meaning ninnies hopelessly trapped in the Republic's civil war politics, which was supported by the electorate.
    In an economic sense. The implementation of the Programme for National Recovery was one of Haughey's most important contributions. Fitzgerald for all his good intentions could notimplement the full rigour of cuts required. Haughey did, as shown by the fall in the deficit from the Fitzgerald era to Haughey's. I don't expect anyone to like or respect the man but he should get whatever credit is due to him for his latter period in office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post
    Declared by Pearse,
    Partitioned by Lloyd George,
    Negotiated by Collins,
    Stabilised by Cosgrave,
    Re-Constituted and reprieved from war by De Valera,
    Re-declared by Costello,
    Made productive by Lemass,
    Conceded to Europe by Lynch,
    Chaired by Cosgrave,
    Near bankrupted by Lynch,
    Corrupted by Haughey,
    Saved from the abyss by Fitzgerald,
    Recovered by Haughey,
    Governed briefly by Reynolds and Bruton,
    Treasonably betrayed by Ahern,
    Finally bankrupted by Cowen.
    Liquidated by Lenihan

    or maybe

    Looted by Lenihan
    ANGER IS A POLICY, GET OFF YOUR KNEES

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