Labour - good for the soul and good for the liver!!
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!!