Irish prime minister steps down as party leader
Prime Brian Minister Cowen said he will concentrate on governing the country while the party comes up with a new leader.
January 22nd, 2011
04:58 PM ET

Irish prime minister steps down as party leader

Embattled Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Saturday that he will step down as leader of the Fianna Fail political party but stay on as prime minister until the March 11 elections.

A new leader will be elected at a special party meeting on Wednesday afternoon. At least four senior Fianna Fail members have signalled that they intend to stand for the leadership post.

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  1. tomcat

    Much like the Potato Famine, the bank failures are having the same effect on the youth of Ireland. With no jobs, there is now a mass exodus. Guess who will be the recipient...good old Amerikay. The Irish population is on the rise in NYC as we speak. Unlike the one way ticket that many had years ago, I believe that this new wave will return to Eire when the economy settles. Unfortunally that may take time.

    January 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |

    i suppost ireland.. i buy irish spring, and lucky charms.

    and once i dropped some white blotter with a red dot and seen a leprechaun in my back yard. he had a rainbow suit on and was sitting on the swingset. then the tree started melting and he dissappered.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |

      i meant i 'support'

      January 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. deej

    That must have been some good acid. Did you have a nice trip?

    January 23, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |

      yep.. cept we decided to do some spring cleaning and took everything out of the house and then painted the walls fireball orange.. later i decided fireball orange kinda is a loud color and is hard to cover up.

      January 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank

    So you want to be the first on your block to lead the Fianna Fail party. All people running have to find a five leaf clover and be the first to turn it in.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    The only thing dumber than a dumb Swede, is a smart Irishmen.

    January 23, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |