Garglegate, the tiddly Taoiseach controversy, the Morning Ireland debacle - call it what you like but it seems the story is refusing to go away, despite the efforts of Brian Cowen.
There is a fine line between ‘unfortunate’ and ‘stupidity’ when it comes to politicians’ behaviour. Cowen started on one side of the line and then tumbled onto the other side.
Labour Senator Dominic Hannigan is a man who likes a drink himself - he says so on his blog.
But he believes there is a time and place for everything.
“I don’t know whether the Taoiseach was hungover or not - I find his jargoned speech hard to understand at the best of times,” he wrote.
“I am more concerned that the whole gang of them were up until 3am on a work night.”
“There is a time and a place for everything. I like a drink myself, but at an event like this, in the full glare of the media, they should have been giving off the air of a Government in charge of its affairs, of a Government that is treating the country’s economic situation with the seriousness that it deserves.”
“Instead they partied. They showed themselves up and in the process have probably damaged the country,” he said.
Indeed Fianna Fail’s shin-dig was a far cry from the Labour think-in at which there was no shortage of tea and coffee.
After a very pleasant meal, there were no sing-songs in the bar (the party members were half afraid the media would do a Simon Cowell on them) and it was early to bed for everyone.
In fact, the two-day Labour beano was good for the soul and good for the liver!!
The Fianna Fail drink-in in Galway hasn’t gone away and one person who has benefitted indirectly from it is King of the Tweets Dan Boyle.
Boyle tweeted to his followers on Monday night that he has received 1,000 additional twitter followers in 16 days.
“Suppose I should thank Simon Coveney for that. Thanks Simon.”
Meanwhile, down at the more sober yet pleasant Labour Party think-in in Roscommon, one leading party member was overheard as he was heading for the bar.
“I have a fierce lip on me for a bit of congestion,” he said - a coy reference to Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s insistence that it was congestion and not drink that was the cause of his underpar performance on Morning Ireland.
It has been described as a storm in a pint glass but for Taoiseach Brian Cowen, the hangover from the controversy will linger on as part of his legacy.
Cowen, like any other adult in Ireland, is fully entitled to the odd drink (1, 3, 5, 7, 9 etc). And like any other adult, he is entitled to burn the candle at both ends when he gets the chance.
However, the biggest mistake that Cowen made this week was not being vocally prepared for his important interview with Morning Ireland.
Instead of hearing from a man at the top of his game, a man in whose hands our country lies, a man who is normally sharper than a razor - we were left with the Nob Nation version of the Taoiseach.
One backbencher, who spoke to this column on the condition of anonymity, was less than fulsome in his support for the Taoiseach.
"It was embarrassing. I mean, Brian Cowen can hold his drink and he is used to drinking but he should have packed it in earlier."
And that is the nub of the issue - that he went through with an important radio interview with very little sleep and worn out from the night before.
But it didn't take the lads in Dublin's 98FM long to come up with their own version of Brian Cowen's party piece in a little ditty (to the tune of The Galway Girl) entitled 'Galway Drunk Song'!
Here's a little taste of what the lads have come up with:
"So we went down west for an auld think-tank, all day all day all day, But to be honest with ye lads, we just drank, all day all day all day. And I ask you friends, what's a Taoiseach to do, If he can't have a pint or 22"
The full song and video can be viewed on the station's website.
Just who has been Ireland's greatest Taoiseach? That is the question that has attracted some attention on the popular politics.ie website.
And with over 500 votes in, it seems there is a clear leader at this stage - Sean Lemass with 37.91% of the vote.
Those propping up the rear include WT Cosgrave (14.89%), Garret FitzGerald (9.86%), Eamon de Valera (6.77%), John Bruton (6%), Albert Reynolds (5.22%), Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen (both on 3.87%), Jack Lynch and Charlie Haughey (both on 3.29%) and Liam Cosgrave (2.71%)
Despite his poor showing, I'm sure Brian Cowen will find some solace in the fact that he isn't the most unpopular!!
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