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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Brian Cowen

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# brian cowen protest
'People who restrict the freedom of movement of others are fascists'
Micheál Martin has some strong words for protesters.
# mistakes were made
Brian Cowen made a rare public appearance, and was asked about the banking crash
Brian Cowen told reporters he was looking forward to his appearance at the Banking Inquiry.
# Showtime
Brian Cowen won't be at the banking inquiry until July - and it's already cost €2m
The former taoiseach will appear before the inquiry along with several other key figures from the crash this summer.
# Banking Inquiry
Bertie and Brian need to get ready for some tough questions
‘Nexus’ is coming their way…
# brian's brew
This might be the most quintessentially Irish craft beer in existence
Throwback to the good times.
# Most unparliamentary
9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist
The debate about sexism in Irish politics has been reignited by Michael Lowry and his controversial note this week.
# Analysis
How safe is Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader?
The latest poll puts Kenny as the most unpopular of the four main party leaders. So is his position safe?
# On the Record
From 'conduct unbecoming' to 'Cowengate': Morning Ireland turns 30 today ... here are some highlights
It’ll be “business as usual” this morning according to RTÉ — but there may be some cake later… Anyway, let’s take a look back at 30 years of early starts and political drama…
# budget 2015
IN IMAGES: 'Blood from a f***ing stone' - a decade of Budgets
10 years in 15 seconds.
# ten years on
So, here's what definitely WON'T be in Budget 2015...
We all partied… right?
# birrrrr
Brian Cowen will be sleeping rough tonight (but don't worry, it's for charity)
The 12-hour sleep-out is aimed at raising funds to tackle rural homelessness.
# Thorn in the side
5 ways John Bruton has probably annoyed the government over the last few years
While Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen largely maintain their silence, the former Fine Gael leader and taoiseach has been outspoken in recent years.
# Missing documents claim
Micheál Martin asks Enda Kenny to withdraw a 'partisan slur', Taoiseach declines
A long-running row over whether documents about the bank guarantee went missing in the Department of the Taoiseach continued today.
# offaly helpful?
Guess who's back? Brian Cowen hits the campaign trail in Tullamore
Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher was joined on the campaign trail by the former Fianna Fáil leader this weekend.
# on board
Denis O'Brien owned Topaz appoints Brian Cowen as director
A number of O’Brien’s other close associates have also been appointed to the board.
# crc
Cowen: Kiely had no 'hand, act or part' in running of FF
There’s been a raft of media reports detailing the former CRC chief’s links with the party since the start of the payments controversy.
# Banking Inquiry
Taoiseach: Ahern and Cowen won't be reluctant to appear before banking inquiry
A long-awaited inquiry into the collapse of the Irish banking system is likely to get under way next year.
# Brian Cowen
Formal Cowen portrait could cost up to €10,000
Portraits of each Taoiseach, President and Chief Justice are commissioned by the State as a matter of course.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the 2008 bank guarantee was the right decision?
This day five years ago, the government made a decision to issue a €440 billion guarantee on all liabilities in the Irish banking system.
Column: Cowen is wrong – Ireland's economy was on course for collapse even without the global crisis
Even if the international banking crisis had never happened, Ireland was still on course for an economic collapse, writes Fine Gael’s Damien English.
# Prime Numbers
Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?
# Cowen talks
"There is no one more sorry than I" - Brian Cowen
The former Taoiseach says that he takes his “full measure of responsibility” for the financial crash, but says nobody could have foreseen what was coming.
# Cowen talks
Fianna Fáil TD: Brian Cowen should do a probing, current affairs interview
Michael McGrath said he would like to see the former taoiseach to agree to a “proving interview by an established current affairs journalist” in the wake of his first public comments in over two years.
# Cowen talks
9 interesting quotes from Brian Cowen's first interview in over two years
The former taoiseach’s first interview in over two years, conducted with TG4 and airing next week, reveals plenty about him.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about a female garda receiving serious injuries after her car was rammed and Ryanair being ordered to sell most of its stake in Aer Lingus.
# Cowen talks
Brian Cowen: Things were said and written about me that went too far
The former taoiseach reveals that he felt some things written and said about him went too far in an in-depth interview with TG4 to be aired next week.
# Cowen talks
Brian Cowen's first interview in over two years labelled 'cocky and arrogant'
The former taoiseach has given an interview to TG4 which is due to air next week.
# Pat Carey
This former Fianna Fáil government minister is now working for a PR company
Pat Carey, a Cabinet minister with multiple briefs in the final days of the Cowen government, has joined DHR Communications.
Column: The Mahon Report shows we need direct democracy to end abuses of power
The corruption identified in the Mahon Report would have been avoided under a system of direct democracy – which demands that the public have a real say in decisions that affect their lives, writes Raymond Whitehead.
# Bank Guarantee
Did the Taoiseach talk to staff in his department about the bank guarantee?
The Taoiseach did not directly address a question about seeking oral or written recollections from seven senior staff in his department who worked there during the period of the bank guarantee five years ago.
# Party Like It's 2008
FLASHBACK: Brian Cowen became Taoiseach five years ago this week
Cowen succeeded Bertie Ahern at the helm of government on May 7, 2008. Here he is, leading a hometown singsong.
# Meltdown Monday
Fianna Fáil on banking inquiry: Don't just focus on guarantee night
The party has urged government to deal with the root causes of the banking collapse.
# Back To The Future
Er, what's happening on the Euronews website?
Brian Cowen’s government is deeply unpopular…” WHOSE government?
# Pressies
Queen Elizabeth gave a nice bottle of whiskey to Enda Kenny in 2011
Find out what presents Enda Kenny has received since taking office… including a €5k famine painting from Michael Flatley.
# Banks
After four years and €64.1 billion, bank guarantee is finally scrapped
Ireland will still guarantee bonds issued by banks since 2010, but will no longer guarantee new bonds or high-level deposits.