O'Keeffe calls on Taoiseach to resign

There are fresh calls with Fianna Fáil for Taoiseach Brian Cowen to resign after Cork TD Ned O'Keeffe said he has lost the confidence of the public.

O'Keeffe calls on Taoiseach to resign

There are fresh calls with Fianna Fáil for Taoiseach Brian Cowen to resign after Cork TD Ned O'Keeffe said he has lost the confidence of the public.

In a statement last night Mr O'Keeffe called on the Taoiseach to resign immediately.

The Cork East TD said Brian Cowen has lost the confidence of the public, and that "he doesn't give the strong leadership needed to address the country's many major problems".

He said it was totally unacceptable to cut the carers' allowance while injecting billions into the banks.

A long-time critic of the Finance Minister he claimed there is unease at Cabinet over extensive new powers given to Brian Lenihan in emergency legislation before Christmas.

Mr O'Keefe likened the use of those powers in a secret high court sitting to take control of AIB as having all the hallmarks of a "dictatorship".

He said there is not enough expertise in politics or the civil service, and especially the Department of Finance, and that the future of the country is "being squandered" as a result.

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