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Barry Cowen had been an influential player during the months of negotiations that led to the Programme for Government with Fine Gael and the Greens. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Barry Cowen’s period as a Cabinet minister is not the shortest in Irish political history, but it is, nevertheless, an outcome that no one would have (...)

Dinny McGinley:  came under attack from Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has been an inevitably tetchy beginning to the new Dáil term.Nerves were frayed at times yesterday. Even the normally mild-mannered Minister of Sta(...)