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#Brian Cowen

# brian-cowen - Saturday 20 November, 2010

Bailout: €50bn for banks, and €50bn more for state

Insiders tell the foreign press that the bailout being considered for the banks is €50bn, with more for the state if needed.

# brian-cowen - Friday 19 November, 2010

In pictures: the building of Dublin's new €609m Terminal 2 Dublin Airport This post contains images

In pictures: the building of Dublin's new €609m Terminal 2

Our gallery following the new, 15-million-passenger facility from the first building blocks to the official opening.

IMF to begin formal talks with Ireland IMF

IMF to begin formal talks with Ireland

IMF delegates filter into the country for rescue package talks – but the government insists it will not bow to pressure to reduce the corporation tax rate.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 17 November, 2010

Cowen insists IMF talks are not to formalise bailout

An aggressive Taoiseach tells the Six One news that the talks in Dublin tomorrow are to examine all options.

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Battle lines drawn as Europe insists Ireland's banking sector needs its help

As finance ministers meet, Olli Rehn says there’s liquidity crisis in the banks – contradicting Brian Lenihan.

Debt crisis team on way to Dublin

Lenihan maintains Ireland had been “the point of attack” on the state of the euro in recent weeks – but commentators believe ECB, IMF and EC officials coming here to lay groundwork for bailout.

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 16 November, 2010

Cowen denies Irish moves for state or bank bailout Bailout Republic?

Cowen denies Irish moves for state or bank bailout

The Taoiseach tells the Dáil, though, that Ireland is in meetings to see how it can help tackle Europe’s debt crisis.

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EU official: Ireland in talks to accept dual bailout

Ireland is speaking to the EU and the IMF about seeking money for itself and its banks, says a diplomat.

IF YOU COULD ASK Brian Cowen one question in the Dáil, this afternoon, what would it be? This afternoon’s Oral Questions – which get underway at 2:30pm – appear to indicate that Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin would ask about ministerial PR contacts, reform of the public service, and the supervision of the IFSC. The non-scripted Leaders Questions kick off at 4:15pm, however, and are probably more likely to feature predictable questions about whether Ireland is to seek a European bailout.

EU to tell Ireland: Take a bailout today Bailout Republic?

EU to tell Ireland: Take a bailout today

The world’s press is sure of it: everywhere the government turns, it’s told to accept an international handout.

# brian-cowen - Monday 15 November, 2010

Ireland not approaching sources for bailout - Cowen

The Taoiseach denies reports that Ireland is applying for extra funds from either Europe or the IMF.

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 9 November, 2010

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: the former Mountjoy governor claims Larry Murphy was thrown to the wolves; George W Bush claims waterboarding “saved lives”, and Chris de Burgh sees red.

# brian-cowen - Friday 5 November, 2010

No 'mass emigration' despite 100,000 leaving - Cowen

We’re “not going back” to the days of the 1980s – despite government projections of 100,000 leaving by 2014.

Lenihan's "intense" meeting with FF backbenchers

Brian Lenihan is seen in “intense” discussions with several TDs known to oppose Brian Cowen’s party leadership.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 3 November, 2010

Unemployment falls by 12,800 since September

Brian Cowen tells the Dáil that the decrease is “much higher” than anticipated as the CSO releases new figures.

Children’s right referendum likely to be delayed

The Taoiseach has indicated that the referendum on the rights of the child will take some time.

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 2 November, 2010

BRIAN COWEN has told the Dáil that the Budget will still be announced on December 7, in line with the government’s earlier indications. The declaration came after Green Party senator Dan Boyle, taking the Order of Business in the Seanad this afternoon, had indicated that the date had not yet been fixed and may have been subject to change.

# brian-cowen - Friday 29 October, 2010

EU leaders back 'limited' treaty change

Leaders agree that modest changes to the Treaty of Lisbon may be necessary to accommodate a permanent system for dealing with indebted countries.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 27 October, 2010

Dáil begins debate on €15bn budget adjustments

Dáil begins debate on €15bn budget adjustments

Brian Cowen tells the Dáil that the Croke Park agreement will remain, while the opposition slam government policy.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 20 October, 2010

Dáil leaders meet to try to find consensus over budget plan

Common ground on approaches to combating crisis in public finances will help Ireland’s image with investors, says Cowen.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 13 October, 2010

Hanafin downplays desire for Fianna Fáil leadership heave

The Tourism minister says Brian Cowen won’t be ousted, saying there is no appetite for a leadership conflict.

Kenny tells Dáil government is "messing" over loan guarantee

Fine Gael’s leader blasts the government for not having introduced its small business loan guarantee, promised in January.

# brian-cowen - Friday 8 October, 2010

Taoiseach writes off chances of ‘national’ government

‘Political consensus’ would be welcome on financial issues – but national government would create ‘uncertainty’.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 6 October, 2010

Taoiseach denies turning blind eye to HSE waste

Brian Cowen tells the Dáil he will not be ignoring the controversial report that showed reckless spending.

No takers for unused electronic voting machines

The government admits there’s been no bidders to buy the 7,000 machines from the aborted e-voting scheme.

# brian-cowen - Sunday 3 October, 2010

New poll puts pressure on Kenny, Cowen

Sunday Independent/Quantum Research poll puts Brian Lenihan and Eamon Gilmore as most popular politicians.

The road from perdition

Declan Ganley returns to evaluate the claims made by the ‘yes’ side in the Lisbon campaign, and calls for the public to embrace a political alternative.

# brian-cowen - Thursday 30 September, 2010

Taoiseach says tax hikes likely in 2011 Budget

Taoiseach says tax hikes likely in 2011 Budget

In a lunchtime interview, Brian Cowen says “revenue raising” will have to be part of a new, harsher-than-planned Budget.

# brian-cowen - Wednesday 29 September, 2010

Cowen “doesn’t know final cost of Anglo bailout”

The Taoiseach tells the first Dáil session of the new year that he doesn’t yet know much the final banking bill will be.

# brian-cowen - Tuesday 28 September, 2010

Cowen on the small screen (VIDEO) Cringe This post contains videos

Cowen on the small screen (VIDEO)

Jay Leno has a laugh at Brian Cowen’s expense. But he’s not the first one…

# brian-cowen - Monday 27 September, 2010

Chinese official to discuss economic issues with Cowen

Senior official hopes to learn from Ireland’s promotion of the economy.

Jay Leno plays games with Brian Cowen Cringe This post contains videos

Jay Leno plays games with Brian Cowen

Taoiseach featured in a slot in which Leno asks the audience to guess if he’s a “Bartender, Politician or Comic”

# brian-cowen - Monday 20 September, 2010

"I have the full support of all my colleagues" - Cowen

With Brian Lenihan at his side, the Taoiseach says he’s not “on probation” and that heave rumours are not behind bond spikes.

Bond yield hits 6.5% amid heave rumours

Is the interest rate being asked of government debt on the increase because the markets want Cowen to stay on?

Fifty ways to Heave your leader Heave This post contains images

Fifty ways to Heave your leader

Twitter’s getting all musical as the Fianna Fáil party starts playing musical chairs around the leader. Heave songs ahoy!

Tom Kitt calls for change in FF leadership

The former Chief Whip calls for debate on the leadership, while Michael Lowry says he won’t support a new Fianna Fáil leader.

# brian-cowen - Friday 17 September, 2010

Philip Walton: What the internet thought Cowengate This post contains images

Philip Walton: What the internet thought

Round-up of responses to the golfer’s call for an explanation.

# brian-cowen - Thursday 16 September, 2010

Philip Walton writes angry letter to Taoiseach over impersonations Cowengate This post contains images

Philip Walton writes angry letter to Taoiseach over impersonations

And on it goes… Golfer Philip Walton asks; what’s so funny?

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