This evening.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The National University of Ireland conferred an honorary doctorate on former taoiseach Brian Cowen at a ceremony attended by his predecessor Bertie Ahern.

Dr Doom Mr Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 until November 2010 when the state entered the bailout.


Sam Boal/RollingNews

52 thoughts on “Honorrorific

  1. Liam Deliverance

    “The degree is often conferred as a way of honouring a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific field or to society in general.[3]” – Wikipedia

    So NUI, why?

      1. Johnny Keenan

        He called the health service ‘Angola’. Cut a bank bailout over a round of golf with the biggest criminal outside of Dáil Éireann and now is on the board of Beacon Private Hospital. What a patriot!

  2. The Dude

    No wonder Ireland’s international university rankings are plummeting.

    What did either of the 2 former so-called taosieagh do, except beget a fake state that has no accountability and hence no longer has any right to claim allegiance from its citizens?

    Those 2 individuals are in the cross-hairs of all right thinking people for the collective financial punishment the people were subjected to by our EU ‘friends’, following the crash. One of them has the audacity to parrot on about doing a stint in the big house in the Phoenix Park – yet its a different type of big house many would rather him in; that or alternatively taking his own advice that he doled out to ‘moaners and cribbers’, and which sadly far too many did in the last few years.

    Still, isn’t there something appropriate about seeing Ahern back in Dublin Castle yet again – while that other gobshide looks like even more of a clown than one remembered.

    Disgraceful NUI, disgraceful.

      1. excited at memes

        More likely my Mildred is playing on the side

        I shouldn’t have said that…

        1. Lush

          Bad Memes, just naughty.
          I’d say count to ten before you hit the enter button, but something tells me you might like to be provocative.
          Naughty Memes.

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Good job you didn’t say count to twenty, he’d have to take his shoes and socks off.

          2. Lush

            Oh I liked that; thanks Memes.
            You have done wonders for my musical education these last months and years.

  3. Gringo

    Every dog in the country with a mallet up his arse should get a doctorate too, in the interest of equality.

  4. jusayinlike

    Jesuit doctorate for all the good work he did for his lizard superiors in Europe, flanked by his lizard sidekick Ahern..

  5. bisted

    …Madser Manseragh might remind them over the pints that what they did would have been deemed treason by the brits and would have cost them their heads…

  6. Daisy Chainsaw

    NUI degree holders keep voting Ronan Mullen to the Seanad so it seems their standards aren’t that high.

  7. ollie

    “Hurry up, I need a donut”
    “mmm, now to the donuts”

    Donuts are precious to Cowen, you can;t get them in Offaly anymore.

  8. Lilly

    He looks like Old Mother Hubbard in that get up. Tis at times like this I’m glad I’m not a graduate of NUI. Talk about devaluing the degree!

  9. lost at memes

    Devaluation by inflating Degrees, perhaps?

    Don’t mind me.
    I like you Lilly. You only made one grammatical error.
    ‘Tis not important.

    1. Lilly

      Twas deliberate memes, I like my Ts unimpeded at the start of a sentence. I wouldn’t do it in more formal communication but BS has a laissez faire house style. We can improvise here and break out the jazz.

  10. intollerant at memes

    In that first photo…
    Bertie looks like Bian farted…

    – and that’s not very far from the truth, but as the old saying goes, ‘he who smelt it…’

    1. Brother Barnabas

      interesting you say that

      this evening, I’m disgusting myself with own flatulence

      am happy to take questions, however

      1. smell my memes

        Nobody should ever fart.

        Of course that’s easy for me to say… I’m not a vegetarian…

        1. smell my memes

          (It only takes ONE vegetarian to fill a communal office with an air that…
          …with an atmosphere that…
          … to make you close your eyes and say to yourself, ”again…already…”, while you try to break the World Record for holding your breath.

          I’m not making this up…

          1. smell my memes

            …as I go along.

            So anyway, Brother Barnabus, mi brudda…
            Here’s a question:
            …I’ve always wanted to know… What’s it like when you fart?
            (My girlfriend says it’s better than any orgasm she can remember, and she farts a lot so I believe her.)

  11. Truth in the News

    Who exactly in the NUI took the decision to award Brian Cowen an honorary doctorate
    and for what, it reflects poorly on this Institution and says a lot about the denial in the
    ranks of the ruling class of the balls they made out of Ireland Inc during the tenure
    of Ahern and Cowen….talk about poor standards in high places and above all places
    the Ivory Towers of Academia:

  12. memes by numbers

    Sometimes I make jokes. Funny jokes.

    I’m not saying I made any good ones tonight/last night, or whenever you are reading this.
    I’m just saying that you won’t get some of them because ‘moderation’, which is a joke…

    I know who does it too.
    My lips are sealed in both senses.

  13. Gazza

    The real interesting question here is what suddenly happened that made it a pressing matter to give this worthless piece of paper to Aman exiled from public Publix fe for a decade….Aman who works for a fgute of corruption

  14. I'm "alright" Jack. Mad Jack is on annual leave.

    Interesting comments about Boris Yeltsin

    I read extracts of his speech and I was wondering had there ever been a more useless incompetent fupper in politics he actually sounds like he hasn’t a bulls notion

  15. :-Joe

    Once again, the glaring flaws of Irish institutions laid bare….

    The flag waving so-called intellectuals that are spawned from these (not so)great academic pillars of society and the retarded public majority who stand by them looking on have a lot to answer for.
    NUI can no longer be taken seriously even amongst the most ignorant and naive of society.

    Like a bad smell eminating from somewher underneath the earth that suddenly surrounds, engulfs the senses and won’t go away…. A right pair of zombie shii – hawks… resurface from beyond the void of nothingness… emerging like an evil fungus piercing through a solid steel wall that is your hopes and dreams of protection from all that is wrong.. yet again to remind us how much disdain and contempt the establishment has for the ordinary decent member of the Irish public and any concept of a true democratic society.

    Remember folks, it’s you the 60%-ish voting majority that keeps making this happen… over and over and over again…

    We are always progressing but wouldn’t it better to take five steps forward and only one step back instead of the usual four in reverse?… It might actually bring some balance like that whole idea of “equality and justice for all”… for once in your lifetime.. it’d be a fine thing for sure to see it… at least once even for a moment….

    If you can’t find the sense to mend your faulty ways of reason, logic and understanding then that’s too bad for us all. I suppose you can do what you always do to feel good and get by and just give yourself a pat on the back for doing your best while carrying on with the same regardless….

    …hopefully this time while taking a long walk off a short cliff edge in the very near future… preferably long before the next election cycle.

    Ahh.. what can I say, I couldn’t resist that comment because lets face it, you the 60%ish are them… and they are you ! … Unless you change, nothing else will in any truly progressive way.

    Have a nice day.


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