Brian Cowen

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James Lawless, editor of Cuisle, the Fianna Fáil newsletter, at his stand on the second day of the party’s 74th Ardfeis in the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

This will go down as one of the most nondescript of the 74 ardfheiseanna that Fianna Fáil has held. There was none of the messianic adul(...)

Former Fianna Fail leader Charles Haughey addresses a party Ard Fheis

The 73rd Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis begins tonight in the RDS in Dublin. The event has long been a highlight of the political year for a party that (...)

Seán Fleming: ‘No politician has anything to fear’ from a banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The long-promised Oireachtas inquiry into the banking collapse is unlikely to take place until late next year at the earliest because of a serious (...)

Labour Ministers Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte.

Who wrote this in February 2011, just after the general election: “The government will become deeply unpopular because promises of real change have(...)

Former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen. Their annual pensions will drop to ¤142,655 when 5 per cent cut is implemented. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In a front page story in The Irish Times last week Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innova(...)

The good, the bad and the ugly side of Irish politics were in evidence over the past week. All served as a reminder that the mistakes which alm(...)

Brian Cowen ’s tenure as minister for finance is remembered mostly for the profligacy of the dying years of the Celtic Tiger but, in at least o(...)

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: Governemnt has been given legal advice on the cutting of ex-taoisigh’s pensions

Large pension payments to former taoisigh should be cut in line with public sector pension reductions but the Governmen(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking in the Dail.

The pensions paid to former taoisigh Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern rank among the highest in Europe, according to data compiled by (...)

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