Brian Cowen's Titanic speech

Brian Cowen, speaking during a special economic debate in the Dail today said:

The country is entering a crucial period that would shape Ireland’s future and if it made the wrong decisions the repercussions would be critical.

This is equivalent to the captain of Titanic addressing the crew just after the wreck settled on the ocean floor.

The ship is entering a crucial area dotted with icebergs so if we make any wrong decisions the repercussions could be critical.