THE GREEN PARTY has issued a brief statement in which it said its TDs and Senators had discussed Brian Cowen’s decision to resign as leader of Fianna Fail, but to remain as Taoiseach. The party will “meet tomorrow morning to consider the situation”, the statement said.
# ff-heave - Friday 4 February, 2011
THAT Taiwanese animation company has revisited Ireland post-bailout – and thinks Micheál Martin is a violent guy.
# ff-heave - Sunday 23 January, 2011
In his lunchtime press conference, Lenihan insists that the problems in Ireland’s economy did not begin on his watch.
# ff-heave - Saturday 22 January, 2011
A Fianna Fáil candidate in the general election in Clare says the party’s next Dáil crop should have a role in picking a leader.
Both Fine Gael and Labour have said they will table varying motions of no confidence this week if there’s no immediate election.
Paddy Power’s already got his market open – and there’s only one horse running.
TDs have until Monday afternoon to decide if they want to be FF leader, and will vote to elect one on Wednesday.
The Taoiseach’s full statement on how he’s staying Taoiseach, despite having a new party leader elected this week.
Brian Cowen resigns the leadership of Fianna Fáil but will continue to lead government – saying it’s not to do with the reshuffle.
AN TAOISEACH, BRIAN COWEN, is to make a media statement at 2pm this afternoon at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The government press office hasn’t offered any indication about what the statement will relate to, but given the Taoiseach’s current precarious future, it may be a big announcement. We’ll do our best to tell you what we can.
Friday, January 14: Brian Cowen has Éamon Ó Cuív’s full support as Fianna Fáil leader. Friday, January 21: No comment.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: The heave that keeps on heaving, three dead in Tipperary crash, and how the internet is almost full…
# ff-heave - Friday 21 January, 2011
The week that was, in pictures.
Taoiseach has fruitful meeting with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in North-South Ministerial Council – but is hit by barrage of questions about his leadership in Q&A afterwards. (And at home, by Conor Lenihan).
Nine things you need to know by 9am: The heave rumours that won’t go away; Michael O’Leary extends the hand of friendship to Aer Lingus; and Dubai’s The World “sinks into the sea”.
# ff-heave - Thursday 20 January, 2011
Fianna Fáil backbenchers aren’t happy about how the cabinet crisis was managed – and the knives could still be out.
# ff-heave - Wednesday 19 January, 2011
But Mary O’Rourke was disappointed by the lack of “blood and thunder” in last night’s proceedings.
As the fallout from last night’s confidence vote continues, the Finance Minister is accused of stretching the truth about his support for the Taoiseach, while other commentators claim Hanafin was trying to sit on the fence.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: police in Mauritius probe crime ring connection to Michaela’s death; was Lenihan lying when he said he supported Cowen? And the dress everyone’s talking about.
Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin all demand an immediate general election in the wake of Brian Cowen’s victory.
A timeline of events leading to yesterday’s Fianna Fáil parliamentary party vote on confidence in Cowen’s leadership.
# ff-heave - Tuesday 18 January, 2011
Martin steps down from his ministerial post following Cowen’s successful party leadership motion this evening – but Cowen insists they will remain good friends.
The margin of Fianna Fáil TDs who supported Cowen or sought new leader will not be revealed.
John McGuinness and Michael Kennedy say Brian Lenihan’s endorsement of the Taoiseach is not what they’d expected.
Brian Lenihan confirms he’ll vote for Brian Cowen in today’s vote – all but assuring the Taoiseach’s success in today’s vote.
Some things you may have known, and some things you may not have, about how this works – and how it’s gone before.
Or will the new leader of Fianna Fáil be Michéal Martin? You decide (for the purposes of this poll anyway).
Nine things you need to know by 9: Cowen convinced of victory; gardai investigate injuries to three-month-old twins, and what really happened during Ricky Gervais’ “lost hour”…
Brian Cowen has said that he is “absolutely convinced” that he will win today’s confidence vote, which his Minister for Finance is widely expected to support.
# ff-heave - Monday 17 January, 2011
Quotes from the Taoiseach and the Foreign Affairs Minister on their differing positions regarding Cowen’s continued party leadership…
Fianna Fáil supporters call Brian Cowen a “dead man walking”, says Conor Lenihan, while Billy Kelleher and Willie O’Dea also speak out.
Labour says Fianna Fáil is preoccupied with itself; Sinn Féin says FF has been stripped of its authority; and Fine Gael call for an immediate general election.
Brian Cowen vows to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election – but cabinet colleague Micheál Martin says it’s time for change.
# ff-heave - Sunday 16 January, 2011
The full text of Micheál Martin’s statement, in which he admitted wanting a new FF leader, and that he’d vote against Brian Cowen.
The full text of Brian Cowen’s speech this evening, where the Taoiseach stated his intention to remain as Fianna Fáíl leader.
Micheál Martin is to hold a press conference on his position regarding the leadership of Fianna Fáíl this evening, in an event that is expected to begin at about 7:45pm. We’ll be on site tweeting proceedings. Update: Micheál Martin has called for a change of leadership within Fianna Fáil.
The Táiniste has said Cowen’s decision about whether to continue as leader of Fianna Fáil will be announced later today.
# ff-heave - Saturday 15 January, 2011
Brian Cowen has made no announcement as yet concerning his leadership of Fianna Fáil – however TD Noel O’Flynn has increased the pressure by publicly calling on the taoiseach to step down.