College alliance paves way for ‘about-turn in economy’

“It will be a year ago next month since Brian Cowen made his first speech after he was announced as Bertie Ahern’s successor to takeover the Fianna Fáil leadership. Speaking in the Corrigan Room at No 6 Kildare Street, home of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Cowen said he would strive to build a country ‘strong and free, with decent living standards for all, where our elderly are secure and respected, and where our young people can look to their future in Ireland with confidence. Now, more than ever, in the years ahead, we will work towards making that dream a reality,’ he said. Eleven months later, the Taoiseach was back in the same room, with many of his dreams from that day lying in tatters. At last week’s launch of a new €650 million research collaboration between University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, he spoke about the extremely challenging economic circumstances the country was facing, and the speed at which things had gone wrong …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 15 March]

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