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Well, if he didn't even have an academic background but was a party-political animal from his days in student politics [as in increasingly the case with the new generation of young ministers, for instance Spain's health minister], then we'd have real cause to worry.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 3rd, 2010 at 06:18:24 AM EST
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He simply inherited the family business...a common enough feature of Irish politics

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Cowen was elected to Dáil Éireann in the Laois-Offaly by-election of 1984, caused by the death of his father.[21] At the time Cowen, at the age of 24, became the youngest member of the 24th Dáil. He was also elected to Offaly County Council in the same year, taking over the seat vacated by his late father


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Dec 3rd, 2010 at 06:30:57 AM EST
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Saw one report late last night that his popularity rating is now lower than the interest rate that Ireland has signed up to.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 08:30:52 AM EST
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