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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Brian Cowen

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# One Year On
The bailout in quotes: from denial to deal
A year after the government announced it was negotiating a bailout deal, takes a look back over the comments and quotes of the bailout.
# One Year On
In pictures: The bailout, as it happened
On 21 November 2010 it was confirmed that Ireland was to seek international help in dealing with the economic crisis
# Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil was doomed by its own political model - documentary
Plus, party members say Brian Cowen’s 2011 cabinet reshuffle attempt was the catalyst for his demise.
# Brian Cowen
Cowen's ministers felt pressured to approve bank guarantee - documentary
Cabinet ministers at the time of the far-reaching 2008 bank guarantee say they were given little time – and no alternatives – when considering the move.
# bertie n brian
In pictures: What are Bertie and Brian doing in the Áras?
The boys/former taoisigh are back in town for a ‘thank you’ reception by President McAleese for her Council of State.
# taoisigh
Ahern claimed €377k in expenses since leaving office
Details provided to Wicklow TD Anne Ferris show that the ‘Teflon Taoiseach’ has claimed over €10,000 in phone expenses alone.
# Fianna Fáil
Brian Cowen 'influenced by bar-room buddies'
TV3 documentary series hears of Cowen clique while Sean Haughey says Bertie had potential to be back-stabber.
# Bank Guarantee
Bank guarantee was ‘panic rather than a plan’, says former UK chancellor
Alistair Darling has given his own insight into the decisions taken by Brian Lenihan at the time of the bank guarantee.
Column: Emigrants give plenty back to Ireland, so why can't we vote?
Politicians laugh off the fact that people are being forced to leave. They wouldn’t if they faced the consequences at the polls, writes Noreen Bowden.
Former Taoisigh pay tribute to Brian Lenihan
Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern paid tribute to their former party colleague who served as a minister in their governments.
# Wikileaks
Geoghegan-Quinn got EU job ‘because Barroso demanded a female nominee’ – WikiLeaks
Cables given to the Irish Independent suggest that the European Commission urged Ireland to choose a female commissioner.
# Between the lines
Sideline cut: Ciaran Murphy's pitchside perspective
Radio’s own Ciaran Murphy will spend the summer reporting on the GAA action at championship Ground Zero. We’re going to tag along.
Brian Lenihan "disappointed" by former Taoiseach Brian Cowen's performance
Duo had good working and personal relationship, but Lenihan felt he could not criticise Fianna Fail leadership due to his role as Finance Minister, he revealed in an interview.
# Bye Bye Brian
In numbers: Brian Cowen's tenure as Taoiseach
As one administration takes power, another steps down – so here’s some condensed figures on the Brian Cowen era.
# empty beds
Almost one in four beds in the hospital Cowen launched remain closed
Outgoing Taoiseach officially opened the Midland General Hospital in Tullamore yesterday but HSE figures show that despite local waiting lists, 89 out of a possible 320 beds lie empty.
# Seanad
Brian Cowen gives party pal a Seanad seat
Ousted TD gets seat – but just for a few weeks until Seanad election.
# GE11
Ned O'Keeffe says army coup a 'real possibility' in Ireland
The retiring Fianna Fail TD told that he stands by the comments.
# penpushers
Are these two brothers Ireland's youngest entrepreneurs?
Brian Cowen, Gerry Adams and Daniel O’Donnell are all pushing pens created by the tween craftsmen.
# Daily Fix
Daily Fix: Thursday
The highs and lows of today’s campaign trail…
# Barenaked Brian
Naked Brian Cowen pictures make a comeback
Dublin pub has ‘Biffo on the Bog’ and other controversial nude portrait of Taoiseach on display for general election.
# Eurozone
Ireland's corporate tax rate comes under pressure at EU summit
Germany and France present proposals for strengthening European economies at Eurozone summit, and put pressure on Ireland over harmonising corporate tax base.
# GE11
Daily Fix: Friday
Politicians blow hot and cold with Vincent Browne; James Reilly is on his tod with the girls; and the sun shines on a Fine Gael/Labour coalition.
# FF Heave
Boozing Biffo back-stabbed: how Taiwan saw the FF Heave
THAT Taiwanese animation company has revisited Ireland post-bailout – and thinks Micheál Martin is a violent guy.
# Laois/Offaly
Cowen name to appear again on the ballot sheets in Laois/Offaly
Barry Cowen will run in his brother’s old constituency, which has already been the scene of several public battles over selection procedures.
# Dissolving Dail
How Brian bowed out - and how the other leaders waved goodbye
The Ceann Comhairle called him “Taoiseach Bertie Ahern” but Cowen got a standing ovation for speech as four other party leaders fired the first shots of the election campaign.
# Cowen
Cowen's brother declares interest in Laois/Offaly seat
Taoiseach said yesterday he would not contest election, but his brother might be selected as a Fianna Fáil candidate for the Laois/Offaly constituency tonight.
# GE11
30th Dáil to be dissolved today: a timeline
The last Taoiseach and party leader speeches of this Dáil will be held this afternoon, before Cowen heads to the Park to request the Dáil’s dissolution.
# Fianna Fáil
Brian Cowen will not contest election
Tonight Brian Cowen has announced with “a heavy heart” that he will not run in the upcoming general election.
# Irish Economy
Martin concedes: FF could support FG minority government
The end of the Civil War? If Fine Gael pledge to enact the Four Year Plan, Fianna Fáil would return the Tallaght Strategy.
# GE11
Cowen confirms Dáil dissolution request for Tuesday
As the Finance Bill is sent to the Seanad, Brian Cowen confirms he’ll wait until Tuesday before going to the Park.