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# brian-cowen - Thursday 27 January, 2011

Martin challenges Opposition to televised debates

New leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin says the focus of the upcoming election campaign must be on “substantial debate”

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 26 January, 2011

Micheal Martin elected Fianna Fáil leader

The Cork TD beats opposition from Éamon Ó Cuív, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to become the eighth party leader.

Reprieve for government as Finance Bill scrapes through

The government bags a crucial victory on the Finance Bill after independents offer support in exchange for big amendments.

Independents could kill Finance Bill over banker tax

Lowry, McGrath and Healy-Rae want the 90% tax to be included in the Finance Bill – in a race against time for FF.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

The nine stories you really need to know as you sit down with the first coffee of the day…

# brian-cowen - Monday 24 January, 2011

The Doomsday option: what happens if Cowen doesn't run?

The Cabinet is now at its constitutional minimum – so what happens if Cowen or a minister quits or loses their seat?

No money, no leaders, no Irish: what the world's papers say

Guess what the world’s press makes of Ireland’s latest political woes? No prizes for guessing: they don’t think it’s good.

# brian-cowen - Sunday 23 January, 2011

Green Party to withdraw from coalition GE11

Green Party to withdraw from coalition

The Greens withdraw from government – but will continue to support the Finance Bill from the Dáil’s opposition benches.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Four in the running in the FF leadership, Aer Lingus staff stay grounded, and how young Gardaí are sleeping on floors.

# brian-cowen - Saturday 22 January, 2011

Four senior FF figures declare leadership intentions

Micheal Martin, Brian Lenihan, Éamon Ó Cuív and Mary Hanafin will all be candidates in Fianna Fáil’s leadership election.

FF election candidates demand input in leadership contest

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.

Fianna Fáil leadership: who's next?

Paddy Power’s already got his market open – and there’s only one horse running.

Fianna Fáil votes to pick new leader on Wednesday

TDs have until Monday afternoon to decide if they want to be FF leader, and will vote to elect one on Wednesday.

Cowen resigns FF leadership: statement in full

The Taoiseach’s full statement on how he’s staying Taoiseach, despite having a new party leader elected this week.

Poll: Will changing leader encourage you to vote Fianna Fáil? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will changing leader encourage you to vote Fianna Fáil?

Will the change of leadership make a difference for Fianna Fáil’s fortunes in a general election in 48 days’ time?

Brian Cowen quits as FF leader, remains as Taoiseach FF Leadership This post contains videos

Brian Cowen quits as FF leader, remains as Taoiseach

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.

Seven days on, Ó Cuív refuses to back Cowen

Friday, January 14: Brian Cowen has Éamon Ó Cuív’s full support as Fianna Fáil leader. Friday, January 21: No comment.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

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…

# brian-cowen - Friday 21 January, 2011

From The Daily Edge The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

The week that was, in pictures.

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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Cabinet chaos: today's best front pages

A selection of the political images portrayed across the front pages of this morning’s papers.

Cowen under fire even as he moves North

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).

The chaos in cabinet: What the rest of the world thinks

What did the rest of the world make of Unholy Thursday?

Labour to decide on confidence motion in government

Today the Labour party is expected to decide whether to go ahead with their planned vote of of confidence in the government.

The 9 at 9: Friday

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”.

Cowen on unstable ground following cabinet crisis

Yesterday’s cabinet crisis left many Fianna Fáil backbenchers furious. Today, many are asking if Brian Cowen will survive to fight the general election.

# brian-cowen - Thursday 20 January, 2011

Backbenchers could still plan coup to oust Cowen

Fianna Fáil backbenchers aren’t happy about how the cabinet crisis was managed – and the knives could still be out.

Cowen's new cabinet and election date: his statement in full

The full text of Brian Cowen’s full statement to the Dáil, announcing his restructured cabinet and the date of the election.

Ministerial roles pass over to Coughlan, Carey, Smith, Hanafin and O Cuiv

Six familiar Fianna Fail faces double up on jobs left behind by their resigning colleagues.

Cabinet reshuffle expected as sixth minister quits

Batt O’Keeffe joins Mary Harney, Noel Dempsy, Dermot Ahern and Tony Killeen in announcing his departure from the cabinet.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 19 January, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Buoyant Brian hears Greens call to have election by end of March

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach spends the morning putting off “stupid suggestions” – and Mary Hanafin splits hairs.

Cowen and Gormley to discuss date of general election

The taoiseach and Green Party leader will meet today to discuss a date for the forthcoming general election.

With the pressure off Cowen for now, the focus shifts to Lenihan's position

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.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

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.

Opposition renew general election calls after Cowen victory

Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin all demand an immediate general election in the wake of Brian Cowen’s victory.

Timeline: The Fianna Fáil heave – how it unfolded

A timeline of events leading to yesterday’s Fianna Fáil parliamentary party vote on confidence in Cowen’s leadership.

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Micheál Martin confirms cabinet resignation

Martin steps down from his ministerial post following Cowen’s successful party leadership motion this evening – but Cowen insists they will remain good friends.

FF Heave: The vote is in... Cowen stays

The margin of Fianna Fáil TDs who supported Cowen or sought new leader will not be revealed.