Cowen in final talks with EU counterparts

Cowen in final talks with EU counterparts

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen will travel to Brussels today for his final meeting with EU heads of state and government.

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Statement by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen

Statement by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen

In the next few weeks, the people of this country will be asked to vote in a very important General Election. Decisions have to be made which will affect all citizens, both now and into our future.

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Cowen to quit politics

Cowen to quit politics

Taoiseach Brian Cowen will not contest the general election, he announced tonight.

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Cowen colleagues overheard discussing his running prospects

Cowen colleagues overheard discussing his running prospects

There is renewed speculation that Brian Cowen will not run in the forthcoming Election after his constituency colleagues were overheard discussing the party's prospects without him.

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Hanafin fourth confirmed candidate

Hanafin fourth confirmed candidate

A spokesperson for Mary Hanafin has confirmed she is throwing her name into the hat to become the next leader of Fianna Fáil.

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Three candidates throw hats in ring for FF leadership

Three candidates throw hats in ring for FF leadership

Former foreign affairs minister Micheál Martin, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan and Minister for Social Protection Eamon Ó Cúiv have all tonight officially confirmed they are to contest the leadership of Fianna Fáil.

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Cowen: No regrets

Cowen: No regrets

Taoiseach Brian Cowen insisted he had no regrets after dramatically resigning today as leader of Fianna Fáil.

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Martin confirms candidacy for leadership

Martin confirms candidacy for leadership

Former foreign affairs minister Micheál Martin has confirmed he is to contest the leadership of Fianna Fáil.

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How new FF leader will be chosen

How new FF leader will be chosen

The new and eighth leader of Fianna Fáil will be elected by secret ballot within the next four days.

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Martin expected to declare intentions later

Martin expected to declare intentions later

Nominations for the leadership of Fianna Fail will close at lunchtime on Monday with an election by secret ballot to be held at 2pm on Wednesday, party chairman John Browne has confirmed.

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A week of high drama: Timeline

A week of high drama: Timeline

Here is a timeline charting one of the most epic weeks in Irish politics – a failed leadership bid, six ministerial resignations, a botched Cabinet reshuffle and threats to pull down the coalition Government.

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Gilmore: Not tenable for Cowen to stay on as Taoiseach

Gilmore: Not tenable for Cowen to stay on as Taoiseach

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said the Irish people do not want the Government to remain in office for another single day.

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Cowen's statement in full

Cowen's statement in full

The full text of Taoiseach Brian Cowen's announcement at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin this afternoon:

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Kenny: Cowen should immediately dissolve Govt

Kenny: Cowen should immediately dissolve Govt

Speaking following the resignation of Brian Cowen as Fianna Fáil leader today, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny called for the immediate dissolution of the Government.

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Cowen spoke to Gormley before addressing media, but decision was his own

Cowen spoke to Gormley before addressing media, but decision was his own

Brian Cowen spoke to John Gormley, leader of the Greens, before making today's announcement that he was to resign as leader of Fianna Fáil, but did not consult with any Cabinet colleagues before making his decision to step down.

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Cowen to vacate FF helm, but stay on as Taoiseach

Cowen to vacate FF helm, but stay on as Taoiseach

Brian Cowen today announced he is standing down as leader of Fianna Fáil but will remain at the head of Government until the March 11 General Election.

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FF leadership issue to be decided in the next week: Cowen

FF leadership issue to be decided in the next week: Cowen

The leadership of Fianna Fáil will be decided in the next week, out-going Taoiseach Brian Cowen has indicated.

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Brian Cowen pledges support to successor at FF helm

Brian Cowen pledges support to successor at FF helm

Out-going leader of Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen has said he will offer unstinting support to the new leader of the party, whoever he or she is.

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Cowen to step down as leader of Fianna Fáil

Cowen to step down as leader of Fianna Fáil

Brian Cowen has confirmed that he is resigning as leader of Fianna Fáil, but will stay on as Taoiseach until the General Election.

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Cowen expected to step down as FF leader, but remain on as Taoiseach

Cowen expected to step down as FF leader, but remain on as Taoiseach

There are reports that An Taoiseach Brian Cowen will step down as leader of Fianna Fáil today, but intends to remain on as Taoiseach until the General Election.

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Brian Cowen to address media at 2pm

Brian Cowen to address media at 2pm

There is increasing speculation that Brian Cowen will stand down as Fianna Fáil leader this afternoon but remain on as Taoiseach until the General Election.

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Cowen vows to continue as Fianna Fáil leader

Cowen vows to continue as Fianna Fáil leader

Embattled Taoiseach Brian Cowen defied his critics today and said he will lead his party into the March General Election and beyond.

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Chief Whip Curran: Mechanism is there for another heave

Chief Whip Curran: Mechanism is there for another heave

Government Chief Whip John Curran, who supported the Taoiseach during this week's confidence motion, has said another motion of confidence in the Taoiseach could be accommodated.

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McGuinness and O'Rourke call for leadership issue to be revisited

McGuinness and O'Rourke call for leadership issue to be revisited

Two high-profile Fianna Fáil backbenchers, Mary O'Rourke and John McGuinness, are now calling for the party-leadership issue to be revisited after yesterday's botched Cabinet reshuffle.

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FF's O'Rourke calls for leadership issue to be revisited

FF's O'Rourke calls for leadership issue to be revisited

Fianna Fáil TD Mary O'Rourke has said the issue of her party's leadership should be revisited.

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Party members call on Cowen to quit

Party members call on Cowen to quit

Taoiseach Brian Cowen was tonight facing calls from within his own ranks to resign after plans for a Cabinet reshuffle almost collapsed the Government.

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Taoiseach: St Patrick's Day travel arrangements not yet decided

Taoiseach: St Patrick's Day travel arrangements not yet decided

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen says it is not yet decided who will go to Washington for St Patrick's Day.

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Martin: This is not the end for me

Martin: This is not the end for me

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin today said he had no regrets about the events of the last few days, and that this is far from the end of his political career.

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Hanafin voted against Taoiseach in confidence motion

Hanafin voted against Taoiseach in confidence motion

The Tourism and Culture Minister Mary Hanafin has said she did not vote for Brian Cowen in last night's confidence motion.

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Taoiseach takes over Martin's Foreign Affairs role

Taoiseach takes over Martin's Foreign Affairs role

Micheál Martin has officially resigned as a member of the Cabinet with the Taoiseach taking over the position.

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Hanafin maintains silence as Cowen discusses election date

Hanafin maintains silence as Cowen discusses election date

The Fianna Fáil party will today begin picking up the pieces after a bruising leadership challenge which saw Brian Cowen survive as leader, and Micheál Martin resign as Foreign Affairs Minister.

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Howlin: Govt is 'dysfunctional and divided'

Howlin: Govt is 'dysfunctional and divided'

The Labour Party has said that although Brian Cowen may have survived as Leader of Fianna Fáil - events of the past week "have removed any remaining shred of credibility" that the Government had.

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Martin resigns following confidence motion

Martin resigns following confidence motion

Following Brian Cowen’s victory in the Fianna Fáil confidence motion tonight, Micheál Martin has offered his resignation to the Taoiseach who has accepted it.

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Cowen wins confidence vote

Cowen wins confidence vote

Taoiseach Brian Cowen tonight retained control of the ruling Fianna Fáil party after winning a motion of confidence in his leadership.

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Cowen gets good reception at FF meeting

Cowen gets good reception at FF meeting

Fianna Fáil backbencher Charlie O'Connor has said the Taoiseach Brian Cowen is being well received by the party at their meeting which is underway in Leinster House.

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Lenihan under fire over leadership 'U-turn'

Lenihan under fire over leadership 'U-turn'

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has not got the bottle for a leadership coup, a disgruntled backbencher claimed today.

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Lenihan denies misleading FF backbenchers about heave

Lenihan denies misleading FF backbenchers about heave

The Finance Minister Brian Lenihan is denying he misled any backbenchers into believing he would oust Brian Cowen as Fianna Fáil leader.

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Gormley: FF speculation 'a distraction'

Gormley: FF speculation 'a distraction'

The Environment Minister John Gormley has said the Fianna Fáil leadership challenge is distracting from the work of the Government.

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Lenihan accuses Cowen of 'judgement lapses'

Lenihan accuses Cowen of 'judgement lapses'

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan accused the Taoiseach of a lack of judgment today as he reignited controversy over the so-called “gargle-gate” radio interview.

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Lenihan confirms support for Cowen

Lenihan confirms support for Cowen

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has confirmed that he will support Brian Cowen in tonight's motion of confidence.

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Dermot Ahern to support Cowen in leadership contest

Dermot Ahern to support Cowen in leadership contest

Sources close to Justice Minister Dermot Ahern have said he intends to support Brian Cowen in tonight's motion of confidence in the Taoiseach, assuming a procedure can be put in place to allow him to vote from hospital.

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Mary O'Rourke declares support for Brian Cowen

Mary O'Rourke declares support for Brian Cowen

Longford Westmeath TD Mary O'Rourke is the latest Deputy to pledge support to the Taoiseach as leader of Fianna Fáil ahead of tonight's confidence motion in Brian Cowen.

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Dermot Ahern keen to vote, if 'in absentia' procedure can be confirmed

Dermot Ahern keen to vote, if 'in absentia' procedure can be confirmed

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern is keen to vote in today's motion of confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen, with a procedure to allow him to vote from his hospital bed being worked out today.

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Cowen's confidence grows as Lenihan support reportedly secured

Cowen's confidence grows as Lenihan support reportedly secured

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen will go toe to toe today with rebel ministers in the fight for leadership of Fianna Fáil.

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Cowen denies communication problem

Cowen denies communication problem

The Taoiseach has disputed claims that Fianna Fáil would win more seats under a new party leader.

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Cowen: I respect O'Dea's decision to vote against me

Cowen: I respect O'Dea's decision to vote against me

The Taoiseach has said he respects the decision of Willie O'Dea to vote against him in a confidence motion tomorrow.

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O'Dea withdraws support from Cowen

O'Dea withdraws support from Cowen

The former Defence Minister Willie O'Dea has said he will be voting against Brian Cowen in tomorrow's Fianna Fáil confidence motion.

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Cowen 'confident' of survival as leader

Cowen 'confident' of survival as leader

Brian Cowen has said he is confident he would survive his own motion of confidence in his leadership.

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Kelleher: Time has come for a change of leader

Kelleher: Time has come for a change of leader

The Minister for Trade and Commerce, Billy Kelleher, has announced that he will not support the Taoiseach Brian Cowen in tomorrow's vote of confidence being held by Fianna Fáil.

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Cowen: I will deal with Martin's position after the vote

Cowen: I will deal with Martin's position after the vote

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said Micheál Martin's offer of resignation "remains on the table".

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Martin: More Cabinet ministers want Cowen to go

Martin: More Cabinet ministers want Cowen to go

The Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin has said he believes other Cabinet Ministers share his views on Brian Cowen's leadership and he expects that some of them will make their views known later today.

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Martin continues to canvas for support against Taoiseach

Martin continues to canvas for support against Taoiseach

The Taoiseach and the Foreign Affairs Minister are expected to spend today canvassing support ahead of tomorrow's Fianna Fáil vote of confidence in Brian Cowen.

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Gilmore: FF leadership issue distracting Government politicians

Gilmore: FF leadership issue distracting Government politicians

Opposition parties have been quick to respond to Taoiseach Cowen's decision not to stand down.

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Taoiseach's statement in full

Taoiseach's statement in full

The full text of Taoiseach Brian Cowen's speech has been released this evening.

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Cowen: Confidence vote 'in best interests of country and party'

Cowen: Confidence vote 'in best interests of country and party'

Taoiseach Brian Cowen tonight confirmed he would remain as leader of Fianna Fáil.

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Cowen to launch vote of confidence on his leadership

Cowen to launch vote of confidence on his leadership

Taoiseach Brian Cowen is to continue as leader of Fianna Fáil, he has announced today.

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Taoiseach set to make statement at 5pm

Taoiseach set to make statement at 5pm

Taoiseach Brian Cowen will address members the media at 5pm today, it has been confirmed.

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Cowen to make announcement this evening

Cowen to make announcement this evening

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has said that Taoiseach Brian Cowen will make an announcement on his future as leader of Fianna Fáil later this evening.

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Cowen 'in philosophical humour', says Haughey

Cowen 'in philosophical humour', says Haughey

Junior minister Sean Haughey, who spoke to Brian Cowen on Thursday, has said that he Taoiseach is not plotting to remain in office.

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Cowen set to announce leadership decision today

Cowen set to announce leadership decision today

Pressure will mount on Taoiseach Brian Cowen today to indicate whether he is to step down as leader of Fianna Fail.

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