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# Brothers in Arms
'Whatever questions are put to Brian he won't be found wanting'
We asked Barry Cowen about his brother’s appearance before the banking inquiry next month.

File Photo THE BANKING INQUIRY is expected to hear from former taoiseach Brian Cowen and former finance minister Charlie McCreevy sometime in July. graph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland graph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

BARRY COWEN REMAINS close to his brother Brian and talks to him “fairly regularly”.

The Laois-Offaly TD told us this week that the former taoiseach, who he lives close to, is “fine” and “very keen” to appear before the banking inquiry on 2 and 8 July.

But will we learn anything new from Brian Cowen when he breaks his silence on the events leading up to and including the bank guarantee of September 2008?

Barry Cowen told this week that he doesn’t necessarily think we will. He added:

But whatever questions are put to him he won’t be found wanting in putting an answer on the record.

Video: Paul Hosford /

Separately, we asked Cowen if he would ever be interested in following in his brother’s footsteps and leading Fianna Fáil.

His response is worth watching:

Video: Paul Hosford /

Read: Bertie and Brian got over €80k each last year

Read: Brian Cowen made a rare public appearance, and was asked about the banking crash

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