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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Brian Cowen

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# Recovery
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen 'making steady recovery' following stroke last year, Barry Cowen says
Barry Cowen was speaking this morning after being appointed Minister for Agriculture over the weekend.
# Recovery
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen 'hopes to walk again soon' following stroke last year
“For us all, it’s encouraging he’s making progress,” his family said.
# Brian Cowen
'A long road ahead': Barry Cowen says former Taoiseach Brian Cowen making progress with health
Cowen was admitted to hospital after falling ill earlier this month.
# Fianna Fáil
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care
The former Fianna Fáil politician was hospitalised last night.
# in the mire
Fire and fury: Ireland’s first post-Tiger austerity budget
Brian Lenihan delivered his first Budget 10 years ago, just when Ireland was on the brink of economic ruin.
# Beyond Brexit
Warnings from former taoisigh on Brexit border: 'The communities would come together to tear it down'
Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and John Bruton shared a stage in Dublin this morning.
# dr kenny
Enda Kenny got an honorary doctorate at NUIG today
He follows other former Taoisigh in receiving the award.
# let's face the music
There may be trouble ahead: A look back to the Budget of a decade ago
The Celtic Tiger was about to stop roaring.
# Faithful
Former Taoiseach Cowen mediates in crunch Offaly hurling talks
Cowen, a renowned Offaly GAA follower, is the high-profile figure who has agreed to step in to oversee negotiations.
# greatest hardship
Brian Cowen says he 'deeply regrets' the number of jobs lost during the recession
Despite this, however, the former Taoiseach defended his government’s policies in the downturn.
# Dublin Castle
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been awarded an honorary doctorate
Academics at the Dublin Castle ceremony reflected on a political career that encompassed four ministries and a premiership.
# poison chalice
Simon and Leo beware - not everyone who inherits a country ends up enjoying it
Ruling a country without having been elected can be an endeavour fraught with danger.
# Back In The Game
Brian Cowen has joined the board of a European think tank funded by big business
Ex-Taoiseach John Bruton has also joined the board of the Institute of International and European Affairs.
# Fianna Fáil
Mary Hanafin slammed by Brian Cowen's wife in deleted Facebook post
Mary Molloy Cowen made the remarks in a post which has since been deleted.
# lads will ye stop
The Tánaiste called Barry Cowen a baby and told him to "shut up" in the Dáil today
Ouch.
# Looking Back
We're being promised lots of shiny things - but here's what WON'T be in Budget 2016
The past is a foreign country, they say.
# Garglegate
It's exactly five years since Brian Cowen gave THAT interview on Morning Ireland
Was he drunk or hungover?
# Seanadigans
'The Greek people needed the steady hand of Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan'
Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden made his comments as the Seanad discussed the Greek crisis this morning.
# top-ups
Cowen and Bertie under pressure to refuse 'disgusting' pension boosts
Several former cabinet ministers are in line for pension increases under the new public sector pay deal.
# Sitting around
Why was this man left outside the room on the night of the guarantee?
Brendan McDonagh spent four hours at government buildings on the night of 29 September 2008.
# Banking Inquiry
Financier compares himself to Ronaldo, says emigrating was "very painful"
Derek Quinlan moved to Switzerland after the crash.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
The UK Budget, Nama’s NI portfolio and Brian Cowen before the banking inquiry had people talking today.
# the life of brian
11 things we learned on Brian Cowen's final day at the banking inquiry
The former Taoiseach defended the bank guarantee and got a badly-needed toilet break.
# Conspiracy Theories
Brian Cowen played golf with Seán FitzPatrick but they never discussed Anglo
The former Taoiseach also said he underestimated the impact of the IMF coming to town.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Brian Cowen before the Banking Inquiry, a Leaving Cert paper and the death of Val Doonican had people talking.
# the life of brian
9 things we've learned from Brian Cowen at the banking inquiry (so far)
The former Taoiseach came out swinging at a lengthy hearing in Leinster House today. §
# the life of brian
Watch a bullish Brian Cowen clash with this Fine Gael TD... loads
“No, hold it for a moment!”
AS IT HAPPENED
Brian Cowen comes out swinging at the banking inquiry
The former Taoiseach discussed his time as finance minister.
# State of the Nation
Was Brian Cowen a good finance minister?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# stonewalling
Banking inquiry suspended as Charlie McCreevy clashes with Pearse Doherty
The former finance minister strongly defended Fianna Fáil’s policies.
# bailout secret
Patrick Honohan: Brian Lenihan was "very cross" before I made THAT phonecall
“I knew they wouldn’t be all that happy that I made the announcement, but I didn’t realise they’d be so unhappy.”
# fianna fáil family
'It's unfair to blame Brian, he's not here to defend himself' - Mary O'Rourke
The former minister has said Brian Cowen’s evidence at the banking inquiry will be “very illuminating”.
# good guys vs bad guys
'People want the drama of overpaid bankers and reckless developers, but it's not that simple'
A former top official at the Department of Finance said we are leaving our children with a huge bill.
# Bank Guarantee
Cowen nodded to Lenihan and said 'Come on, let's have a chat'
The former secretary general at the Department of Finance has been giving evidence at the banking inquiry.
# Brothers in Arms
'Whatever questions are put to Brian he won't be found wanting'
We asked Barry Cowen about his brother’s appearance before the banking inquiry next month.
# Pensions
Bertie and Brian got over €80k each last year
The former taoisigh’s annual pensions cannot be cut further, Brendan Howlin has said.