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Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fail Government have ruined the Irish economy

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 05:06 PM

Leaders' Questions in the Dáil today saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore challenge the Taoiseach on how he must take responsibility for the Irish economy which is at odds with the Taoiseach's recent claims that he had nothing to do with it.

"It is adding insult to injury for [the Taoiseach] to claim he had nothing do with it, it was all someone else's fault, he was not advised correctly, somebody else made certain proposals and so on. The fact is that his party is in Government for the last 13 years and he must take responsibility for what has happened."

Eamon went onto say how the records will show that Labour has identified various actions that should have been taken but were not.

"The bottom line is that the Taoiseach did not listen to the warnings, did not do enough and did not take action.

"Last Thursday [the Taoiseach] described what has happened as a 'stunning failure of corporate governance'. It was a stunning failure, a stunning failure of Government and by the Taoiseach in particular because it was he, as Minister for Finance, who was in charge during all of that period."

You can see Eamon's contribution on the accompanying video while the full debate is available on the Oireachtas website.

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