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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Brian Cowen

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# Fianna Fáil
Micheál Martin: I still keep in touch with Brian Cowen
The Fianna Fáil leader said he had a “good chat” with his predecessor at a recent funeral but neither Cowen nor Bertie Ahern have any input to party policy.
# Brian Cowen
Irish Mail on Sunday apologises to Brian Cowen over California picture
The paper has also acknowledged that the former taoiseach attended a course at Stanford University at his own expense, with no public funding involved.
Column: Amid rising popularity, Fianna Fáil may just be relevant again
Fianna Fáil’s poll bounce isn’t a definitive comeback – but we shouldn’t write them off, writes Gary Murphy.
In pictures: The funeral of Páidí Ó Sé
Hundred of mourners gathered in Ventry in West Kerry today as the football icon was laid to rest.
# All in the family
VIDEO: "If my name was Cowen, I'd stay quiet in this debate"
Pat Rabbitte told Barry Cowen his surname meant he should butt out of Dáil debates. He later apologised.
# anglo the musical
'Anglo: The Musical' to return in the new year at Olympia Theatre
The musical based on Celtic Tiger excesses and the fall of Anglo Irish bank has been running at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this month.
# anglo the musical
Call for Anglo musical to be brought stateside... with Seán Fitzpatrick puppet in tow
American broadcaster Max Keiser has set up an online fund to bring ‘ANGLO: The Musical’ to New York or Boston.
# anglo the musical
Anglo musical carries on without Seán Fitzpatrick puppet
Don’t despair though, the Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen puppets aren’t going anywhere.
# Mary O'Rourke
'Mammy' O'Rourke on Haughey, Lenihan, Bertie, Cowen and Enda
The former Fianna Fáil minister gave a frank and entertaining interview to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show last night.
# Awkward
Videos: 8 examples of how Irish politics is just like The Thick of It
And one Irish political saga that is just too bizarre even for a plotline on the British political sitcom….
# Cowengate
Cigarettes and alcohol: New details of night before THAT Cowen interview
This month’s Hot Press carries a piece written by a barman at the Galway hotel where Brian Cowen was alleged to have spent the night drinking prior to his infamous interview on Morning Ireland in 2010.
# Taoisigh expenses
€83k paid to ex-taoisigh this year – despite scrapping of expenses scheme
Payments to former Taoisigh for secretarial allowances continued until March – despite Enda Kenny telling the Dáil they would end in January, can reveal.
# Memories
9 videos that sum-up Ireland's banking and economic collapse
“We are where we are” and “we all partied”. We look back at those turbulent two years that led us towards Ireland’s current economic state.
# Seanie Fitz
The investigation of Seán FitzPatrick: a timeline of the story so far
Seán FitzPatrick has kept a low-profile in recent years but there are indications he could soon face charges in connection with alleged financial irregularities at Anglo Irish Bank. Here’s what’s been happening…
# Bank Guarantee
VIDEO: Kenny, Martin argue over 'missing' bank guarantee files
Fianna Fáil says the Taoiseach is “throwing out conspiracies like a man standing at a bar at a pub”.
# Gone Fishin
Gallery: Former taoisigh… where are they now?
Bertie, Albert, Brian and co. What are they up to these days?
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Sunday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
# California here we come
Enterprise Ireland has no involvement in Cowen's California course
The government agency was responding to a report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday about former taoiseach Brian Cowen’s enrolment on a six-week course at Stanford University.
# party politics
8 politicians kicking up their heels
Hillary Clinton isn’t the only politician who has practised the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto…
# Bank Guarantee
Public demand for full investigation into banking crisis to be answered
The probe could see former government ministers, civil servants and banking executives account for their actions ahead of the September 2008 bank guarantee
# Au Naturel
Bertie spent €441 a week on make-up. Enda has spent... €0
Figures obtained by show that Enda Kenny hasn’t spent any public cash on make-up – and nor did Brian Cowen.
# Debt Crisis
Cowen compares banking crisis to 'multiple plane crashes occurring at once'
In a speech in Washington, the former taoiseach also attacks conventional political thinking in advance of the crisis.
Column: Fianna Fáil renewed? No, the optics tell a different story
The party of Cowen and Coughlan may have apologised – but they don’t seem to have got the point, writes Philip O’Connor.
# Fianna Fáil
Martin promises "swift and comprehensive" action on Mahon findings
Micheál Martin addresses the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in Dublin this evening on plans for party reform.
# One Year On
Barry Cowen: I want to be seen as more than just Brian's brother
The Laois-Offaly TD, one of only three new Fianna Fáil TDs to be elected in last year’s general election, said he would never have ran for the Dáil if Brian Cowen hadn’t stepped down.
# Politics
Mary O’Rourke: Current Dáil TDs are ‘not very bright or intelligent’
The former Fianna Fáil TD said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ‘nothing in the top storey’ – but people like him because he smiles all the time.
# Hard Times
Former taoisigh lose mobile phone and secretarial expenses
From yesterday, former taoisigh are no longer entitled to claim expenses for secretarial work and mobile phones from the state.
# Review 2011
In pictures:’s winners and losers of 2011
Who came out on top, and who was bringing up the rear? Here are our picks for the winners and losers of the year.
# Bye Bye
2011: The year of resignations
Undone by sex scandals, economic failures, uprisings and other controversies, an astonishing number of high-profile figures resigned from their various posts in the past 12 months.
The most important people of the last 14 years* (slideshow)
*According to the new edition of the Chambers Biographical Dictionary, these include Brian Cowen, the founders of Twitter and Cheryl Cole.
# Pensions
In full: what former ministers get after the government's new levy
We’ve gone through the list of ministerial pensions to see precisely how each living former minister is hit by the various levies.
# Pensions
Higher pension levy hits Ahern and Cowen - by €80 a week
High earners will still keep the vast majority of their huge pensions, as Brendan Howlin admits there is little the government can do.
# Bailout
Discussions for potential bailout happened months before announcement
IMF’s Ajai Chopra tells Prime Time special programme tonight that discussions started in summer 2010.
# Drumm
Drumm defends role in Anglo collapse, says: 'Everyone was on the same team'
The former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank says he will not be returning from the US because of the “witch hunt” against him in Ireland.