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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Brian Cowen

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# GE11
Martin challenges Opposition to televised debates
New leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin says the focus of the upcoming election campaign must be on “substantial debate”
# FF Leadership
Micheal Martin elected Fianna Fáil leader
The Cork TD beats opposition from Éamon Ó Cuív, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to become the eighth party leader.
# Finance Bill
Reprieve for government as Finance Bill scrapes through
The government bags a crucial victory on the Finance Bill after independents offer support in exchange for big amendments.
# Dying Dáil
Independents could kill Finance Bill over banker tax
Lowry, McGrath and Healy-Rae want the 90% tax to be included in the Finance Bill – in a race against time for FF.
# Constitutional Crisis
The Doomsday option: what happens if Cowen doesn't run?
The Cabinet is now at its constitutional minimum – so what happens if Cowen or a minister quits or loses their seat?
# GE11
No money, no leaders, no Irish: what the world's papers say
Guess what the world’s press makes of Ireland’s latest political woes? No prizes for guessing: they don’t think it’s good.
# GE11
Green Party to withdraw from coalition
The Greens withdraw from government – but will continue to support the Finance Bill from the Dáil’s opposition benches.
# FF Leadership
Four senior FF figures declare leadership intentions
Micheal Martin, Brian Lenihan, Éamon Ó Cuív and Mary Hanafin will all be candidates in Fianna Fáil’s leadership election.
# FF Leadership
FF election candidates demand input in leadership contest
A Fianna Fáil candidate in the general election in Clare says the party’s next Dáil crop should have a role in picking a leader.
# FF Leadership
Fianna Fáil leadership: who's next?
Paddy Power’s already got his market open – and there’s only one horse running.
# FF Leadership
Fianna Fáil votes to pick new leader on Wednesday
TDs have until Monday afternoon to decide if they want to be FF leader, and will vote to elect one on Wednesday.
# GE11
Cowen resigns FF leadership: statement in full
The Taoiseach’s full statement on how he’s staying Taoiseach, despite having a new party leader elected this week.
# Your Say
Poll: Will changing leader encourage you to vote Fianna Fáil?
Will the change of leadership make a difference for Fianna Fáil’s fortunes in a general election in 48 days’ time?
# FF Leadership
Brian Cowen quits as FF leader, remains as Taoiseach
Brian Cowen resigns the leadership of Fianna Fáil but will continue to lead government – saying it’s not to do with the reshuffle.
# FF Heave
Brian Cowen to make media statement at 2pm
# FF Heave
Seven days on, Ó Cuív refuses to back Cowen
Friday, January 14: Brian Cowen has Éamon Ó Cuív’s full support as Fianna Fáil leader. Friday, January 21: No comment.
# Week in Photos
The week in photos
The week that was, in pictures.
# Red Top Rage
Cabinet chaos: today's best front pages
A selection of the political images portrayed across the front pages of this morning’s papers.
# FF Heave
Cowen under fire even as he moves North
Taoiseach has fruitful meeting with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in North-South Ministerial Council – but is hit by barrage of questions about his leadership in Q&A afterwards. (And at home, by Conor Lenihan).
# Unholy Thursday
The chaos in cabinet: What the rest of the world thinks
What did the rest of the world make of Unholy Thursday?
Labour to decide on confidence motion in government
Today the Labour party is expected to decide whether to go ahead with their planned vote of of confidence in the government.
# GE11
Cowen on unstable ground following cabinet crisis
Yesterday’s cabinet crisis left many Fianna Fáil backbenchers furious. Today, many are asking if Brian Cowen will survive to fight the general election.
# FF Heave
Backbenchers could still plan coup to oust Cowen
Fianna Fáil backbenchers aren’t happy about how the cabinet crisis was managed – and the knives could still be out.
# GE11
Cowen's new cabinet and election date: his statement in full
The full text of Brian Cowen’s full statement to the Dáil, announcing his restructured cabinet and the date of the election.
# compact cabinet
Ministerial roles pass over to Coughlan, Carey, Smith, Hanafin and O Cuiv
Six familiar Fianna Fail faces double up on jobs left behind by their resigning colleagues.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Cabinet reshuffle expected as sixth minister quits
Batt O’Keeffe joins Mary Harney, Noel Dempsy, Dermot Ahern and Tony Killeen in announcing his departure from the cabinet.
# GE11
Buoyant Brian hears Greens call to have election by end of March
Meanwhile, the Taoiseach spends the morning putting off “stupid suggestions” – and Mary Hanafin splits hairs.
# GE11
Cowen and Gormley to discuss date of general election
The taoiseach and Green Party leader will meet today to discuss a date for the forthcoming general election.
# FF Heave
With the pressure off Cowen for now, the focus shifts to Lenihan's position
As the fallout from last night’s confidence vote continues, the Finance Minister is accused of stretching the truth about his support for the Taoiseach, while other commentators claim Hanafin was trying to sit on the fence.
# FF Heave
Opposition renew general election calls after Cowen victory
Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin all demand an immediate general election in the wake of Brian Cowen’s victory.
# FF Heave
Timeline: The Fianna Fáil heave – how it unfolded
A timeline of events leading to yesterday’s Fianna Fáil parliamentary party vote on confidence in Cowen’s leadership.
# FF Heave
Micheál Martin confirms cabinet resignation
Martin steps down from his ministerial post following Cowen’s successful party leadership motion this evening – but Cowen insists they will remain good friends.
# FF Heave
FF Heave: The vote is in... Cowen stays
The margin of Fianna Fáil TDs who supported Cowen or sought new leader will not be revealed.