09 January 2011

A man for every occasion

From today's Irish Times Online:
"In the extracts of The FitzPatrick Tapes, published in the Sunday Times today, the former chairman said he played golf and had dinner with Mr Cowen at Druids Glen in Co Wicklow on July 28th, 2008.

In a statement to the newspaper, the Taoiseach confirmed he played golf and had dinner at Druids Glen with the Anglo chairman and Fintan Drury, a friend of Mr Cowen's who had resigned as a director of the bank. However, he also insisted Anglo’s troubles did not come up in conversation. "It was a social occasion and the affairs of Anglo Irish Bank were not discussed," the statement said."
Just a "social occasion"? Really? Now where have I heard that phrase before? was it here?
"(Cowen) denied that there was any significance in his attendance at a private dinner in Anglo Irish Bank in April 2008, after their shares collapsed. He said it was a social occasion."
Businessworld.ie, Friday, June 11th, 2010
or maybe here?
"BRIAN COWEN travelled to Crossmaglen last night to mark the opening of a Fianna Fáil office, in the process becoming the first Taoiseach to visit the republican heartland town. He was greeted in the town square and said he was “very glad” to be in the south Armagh town... “I believe I am the first Taoiseach to have visited Crossmaglen, much to my surprise,” he said. “I am very glad to be here to be meeting the many people who will be enjoying this social occasion.”
Irish Times, Friday, July 23rd, 2010
or here:
"Mr Cowen repeatedly apologised for his hoarse voice but said he didn’t regret going on the morning radio show and all the answers he gave fairly reflected government policies. Asked if he had any concerns about his drinking, the Taoiseach said it was important to recognise politicians enjoy social occasions after work but that moderation was key."
Breakingnews.ie, 14th September 2010
or here:
"Although he had always been close to his father, his bond with Ber strengthened considerably during his student years in Dublin. ‘There was a natural inclination to call into the Dáil pretty regularly, anyway, if only to get a decent bit of grub,’ he said. ‘The food in the flat wouldn’t have been great. One had other uses for disposable income at that time as a young fellow – more liquid lunches than anything else.’ But was on a parliamentary trip to the Middle east in 1975, that Ber contracted malaria – a development which precipitated a marked decline in his health. As a result, the gregarious and highly sociable Ber was forced drastically to alter his lifestyle. ‘He didn’t drink for the rest of his life, I would say. He’d have a glass of wine or something on a social occasion,’ Cowen recalled."
Randomirishnews.com, 16th September 2010
or even here:
"But former Fianna Fail minister Willie O'Dea defended Mr Cowen and followed the party line of try to divert blame onto Mr Coveney. "He has to bond with his party. What better way to do it than after a day's solid work? He is a very good man at a social occasion," he said on Newstalk's Breakfast Show."
Evening Herald, September 17th 2010
or maybe it was here:
"(Minister Cowen) also pointed to the benefits of alcohol - how its use graces and enhances many social occasions and benefits the economy. It provides employment in many sectors and is also a source of exchequer funding. "However uncontrolled and used irresponsibly, alcohol has the potential to cause much damage and hardship at individual, family, community and societal levels" he said."
National Alcohol Awareness Campaign press release, 20th April 1998
Say what you like, there's no denying An Taoiseach likes the odd social occasion or two.

If only 2008 and 2010 Cowen had listened to 1998 Cowen, maybe we wouldn't all be in the mess we are in today.



At 9:30 pm, Anonymous Niall said...

Brilliant data-driven analysis!

At 9:32 pm, Blogger Unkie Dave said...

as the man said, "Now, what I want is, Facts. . . . Facts alone are wanted in life.".

Can't argue with the data, man.


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