The Cowen interview on the Late Late Show was further evidence that Ireland is a nation in denial.
Tubridy asked Cowen did he envy Bertie Ahern’s extraordinary foresight in resigning before the economy collapsed. The audience reacted with loud applause obviously agreeing with Tubridy that Ahern was a great leader who had done all he could for his country before deciding, without pressure, to gracefully retire.
The fact that Bertie Ahern was forced to leave office in disgrace has been completely forgotten by most Irish citizens and media.
Indeed, the very moment he announced his resignation almost the entire nation went into denial and acclaimed him as a great Irish statesman when they should have been making room for him in Mountjoy.