ON Monday evening last, Brian Lenihan released Brian Cowen from political bondage. The Taoiseach — reprieved by his Finance Minister — instantly bolted to a safer haven.
No, not to Offaly. Nor into the arms of his demoralised Fianna Fail tribe; but in his mission to save his skin, he turned to a different type of bondage — quango bondage — as he landed straight into the arms of Ireland’s immovables. Identifying unemployment as the biggest sore on the scarred landscape, he issued press releases galore to reinvent himself as a man of action.