Brian Cowen served as Taoiseach from 7 May 2008 until 9 March 2011. He was elected leader of Fianna Fail, and also Taoiseach, following Bertie Ahern's resignation from the position. Before that Cowen held a number of ministerial positions, most notably Finance, and was also Tanaiste for a short period before becoming Taoiseach. He resigned from his leadership of Fianna Fail on the 22 of January 2011 following questions about his leadership arising from within the party. However, he remained on as Taoiseach until the General Election, which he did not contest, and after which he retired form politics.
This month’s Hot Press carries a piece written by a barman at the Galway hotel where Brian Cowen was alleged to have spent the night drinking prior to his infamous interview on Morning Ireland in 2010.
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INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace is to file a complaint about the Minister for Justice’s use of information on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week.
Alan Shatter said on live television that the Wexford deputy benefited from garda discretion when he was cautioned for using a mobile phone – but not given penalty points. Wallace insists he is not aware of such an incident.
Shatter has stood by his remarks and he has also been backed by the Taoiseach who said that “people can’t have it both ways”. “You cannot be saying no discretion and at the same time availing of discretion.”
Labour Deputy Kevin Humphreys told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that he thought making the remarks was “poor judgement” on the minister’s part. He called on Shatter to explain how he received the information. Others have claimed the information could have been made public in a different manner, and not on live television without giving Wallace prior warning.
In today’s poll, we ask: Should Alan Shatter have made his comments about Mick Wallace on Prime Time?
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