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#Brian Cowen

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Cowen set for victory after Lenihan shows hand

Brian Lenihan confirms he’ll vote for Brian Cowen in today’s vote – all but assuring the Taoiseach’s success in today’s vote.

A bluffer's guide to the Fianna Fáil heave

Some things you may have known, and some things you may not have, about how this works – and how it’s gone before.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

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”…

Lenihan expected to support Cowen ahead of vote

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.

# brian-cowen - Monday 17 January, 2011

Media face-off: Cowen and Martin take to the mics

Quotes from the Taoiseach and the Foreign Affairs Minister on their differing positions regarding Cowen’s continued party leadership…

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Junior ministers line up to force Cowen out

Fianna Fáil supporters call Brian Cowen a “dead man walking”, says Conor Lenihan, while Billy Kelleher and Willie O’Dea also speak out.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know on what’s officially the most miserable day of the year: Cowen and Martin go head to head for the leadership of Fianna Fail; a Tyrone village mourns; and AIB launches investigation into how forged documents were allegedly used to claim a couple’s home.

Opposition parties react to Cowen’s announcement

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.

Fianna Fáil battle begins as Martin declares intent FF Heave

Fianna Fáil battle begins as Martin declares intent

Brian Cowen vows to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election – but cabinet colleague Micheál Martin says it’s time for change.

# brian-cowen - Sunday 16 January, 2011

Micheál Martin breaks cover: the statement in full

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.

Brian Cowen's leadership announcement: the statement in full

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.

Cowen will announce decision later today: Coughlan

The Táiniste has said Cowen’s decision about whether to continue as leader of Fianna Fáil will be announced later today.

# brian-cowen - Saturday 15 January, 2011

Cowen mulls over leadership decision as O'Flynn calls on him to resign

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.

Cowen continues talks with party members

Brian Cowen will continue meetings concerning his leadership of Fianna Fáil with colleagues today.

# brian-cowen - Friday 14 January, 2011

Éamon Ó Cuív admits Fianna Fáil leadership ambitions

The Social Protection minister, and grandson of party founder Éamon de Valera, says he’d like to lead the party.

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Poll: Would Fianna Fáil do better in the election under a new leader? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would Fianna Fáil do better in the election under a new leader?

Or would a heave now be even more damaging for the party? Let us know what you think.

# brian-cowen - Thursday 13 January, 2011

Greens admit "concerns" about Cowen's Anglo dinner

The Greens are uneasy about “additional revelations”, as Brian Cowen says “no discussions” took place with Seán FitzPatrick.

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Cowen to meet TDs, Senators over party leadership

The under-fire Fianna Fáil leader says TDs opposing him have their options – but that he won’t be stepping down.

Sinn Féin to table No Confidence motion in Cowen

The party will try to oust Brian Cowen as Taoiseach as soon as it can – but it will need the help of Fine Gael.

Central Bank's Gray insists Anglo not discussed at Cowen-Fitzpatrick dinner

And Fianna Fáil TD Mary O’Rourke denies suggestions Cowen’s comments yesterday have sparked a party heave this morning.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 12 January, 2011

Cowen slams “conspiracy theory” opposition over Anglo allegations

Brian Cowen insists that the bank guarantee was not done to protect Fianna Fáil “friends” but to stop a systemic flaw.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Three in court on charges connected with Michaela killing; Brisbane a ghost town as homes evacuated ahead of Australia’s Hurricane Katrina, and British banking boss says the “period of remorse is over”.

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 11 January, 2011

Green insist: We're staying to finish the Budget

John Gormley confirms that the Greens will remain in government to ensure that the Finance Bill is passed before they go.

Rumours of heave persist as Taoiseach prepares Dáil statement

Ahead of a Dáil statement on the nature of his contact with former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick, confidence in Brian Cowen’s position seems to be fading.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The latest on the Michaela Harte murder investigation, good new for swine flu sufferers, and David Drumm on The Fitzpatrick Tapes: “Bullshit”.

# brian-cowen - Monday 10 January, 2011

Cowen dismisses allegations of Anglo impropriety

The Taoiseach clarifies his now infamous meetings with Anglo’s Seán Fitzpatrick, insisting: we didn’t talk business.

Cowen to give Dáil statement on FitzPatrick meetings

Brian Cowen will make “a comprehensive statement” in the Dáil tomorrow on his relationship with the former Anglo chief.

Poll: Are you satisfied with Brian Cowen's explanation of his meetings with Sean Fitzpatrick? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you satisfied with Brian Cowen's explanation of his meetings with Sean Fitzpatrick?

Sean Fitzpatrick had dinner and played golf with Brian Cowen in July – just two months before the bank guarantee scheme was announced. Are you satisfied with the Taoiseach’s explanation that this was a purely social occasion?

Pressure on Cowen to explain Fitzpatrick contact

John Gormley to meet Taoiseach today as opposition parties criticise revelations Cowen met with Sean Fitzpatrick for golf and dinner two months before the bank guarantee scheme’s introduction.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: Three investigations underway into gas leak at a Cork hotel; YouTube offers a glimpse inside the mind of Jared Lee Loughner, and the Beckhams’ good news.

# brian-cowen - Sunday 9 January, 2011

Fianna Fáil in turmoil; Wallace becomes latest to announce departure

Mary Wallace become the latest deputy to bite the dust – and Ned O’Keeffe calls on the taoiseach to resgin with immediate effect.

Taoiseach must come clean on all dealings with FitzPatrick: Burton

Sean FitzPatrick has told the Sunday Times that he played golf and had dinner with Brian Cowen just two months before the state introduced the bank guarantee in 2008.

# brian-cowen - Monday 3 January, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you really need to know this morning: A referendum on scrapping the Seanad, more speculation of a Fianna Fáil heave, and water outages for two more weeks.

# brian-cowen - Thursday 30 December, 2010

Bertie Ahern: I won't be running in the next election

The 11-year Taoiseach – a TD since 1977 – says he’ll be stepping down when the general election is held next spring.

# brian-cowen - Monday 27 December, 2010

Sorry seems to be the hardest word: the best and worst apologies of 2010

And a few we’re still waiting for.