‘Tis When I’m at a Think-In, I’m always Drink-In . . . ‘
Deaglán de Bréadún
Should I put my press pass from the Fianna Fail think-in up for sale on Ebay? Depends on the long-term fall-out. The interview with Brian Cowen on Morning Ireland was a disaster. He sounded terrible, not necessarily hungover but bad enough for an opponent to put that construction on it. And so Fine Gael did, in the very unlikely person of Simon Coveney.
Ursula Halligan of TV3 raised the question forthrightly with the Taoiseach – in effect asking if he was drunk or hung over? For a short time it looked as if Cowen was a goner politically. Then Micheál Martin and Noel Dempsey came in to steady the ship. Since then the story has been losing legs but it could still be kept alive if the Joe Duffy ‘Liveline’ show is sufficiently raucous.