Brian Cowen served as Taoiseach from 7 May 2008 until 9 March 2011. He was elected leader of Fianna Fail, and also Taoiseach, following Bertie Ahern's resignation from the position. Before that Cowen held a number of ministerial positions, most notably Finance, and was also Tanaiste for a short period before becoming Taoiseach. He resigned from his leadership of Fianna Fail on the 22 of January 2011 following questions about his leadership arising from within the party. However, he remained on as Taoiseach until the General Election, which he did not contest, and after which he retired form politics.
# brian-cowen - Sunday 12 May, 2013
Cowen succeeded Bertie Ahern at the helm of government on May 7, 2008. Here he is, leading a hometown singsong.
# brian-cowen - Thursday 9 May, 2013
The party has urged government to deal with the root causes of the banking collapse.
# brian-cowen - Wednesday 8 May, 2013
“Brian Cowen’s government is deeply unpopular…” WHOSE government?
# brian-cowen - Monday 15 April, 2013
Find out what presents Enda Kenny has received since taking office… including a €5k famine painting from Michael Flatley.
# brian-cowen - Friday 29 March, 2013
Ireland will still guarantee bonds issued by banks since 2010, but will no longer guarantee new bonds or high-level deposits.
# brian-cowen - Saturday 16 February, 2013
The Fianna Fáil leader said he had a “good chat” with his predecessor at a recent funeral but neither Cowen nor Bertie Ahern have any input to party policy.
# brian-cowen - Sunday 27 January, 2013
The paper has also acknowledged that the former taoiseach attended a course at Stanford University at his own expense, with no public funding involved.
# brian-cowen - Sunday 13 January, 2013
Fianna Fáil’s poll bounce isn’t a definitive comeback – but we shouldn’t write them off, writes Gary Murphy.
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 18 December, 2012
Hundred of mourners gathered in Ventry in West Kerry today as the football icon was laid to rest.
# brian-cowen - Thursday 6 December, 2012
Pat Rabbitte told Barry Cowen his surname meant he should butt out of Dáil debates. He later apologised.
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 27 November, 2012
The musical based on Celtic Tiger excesses and the fall of Anglo Irish bank has been running at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this month.
Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.
# brian-cowen - Friday 2 November, 2012
American broadcaster Max Keiser has set up an online fund to bring ‘ANGLO: The Musical’ to New York or Boston.
# brian-cowen - Thursday 1 November, 2012
Don’t despair though, the Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen puppets aren’t going anywhere.
# brian-cowen - Saturday 20 October, 2012
The former Fianna Fáil minister gave a frank and entertaining interview to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show last night.
# brian-cowen - Saturday 29 September, 2012
And one Irish political saga that is just too bizarre even for a plotline on the British political sitcom….
# brian-cowen - Friday 24 August, 2012
This month’s Hot Press carries a piece written by a barman at the Galway hotel where Brian Cowen was alleged to have spent the night drinking prior to his infamous interview on Morning Ireland in 2010.
# brian-cowen - Friday 3 August, 2012
Payments to former Taoisigh for secretarial allowances continued until March – despite Enda Kenny telling the Dáil they would end in January, TheJournal.ie can reveal.
# brian-cowen - Saturday 28 July, 2012
“We are where we are” and “we all partied”. We look back at those turbulent two years that led us towards Ireland’s current economic state.
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 24 July, 2012
Seán FitzPatrick has kept a low-profile in recent years but there are indications he could soon face charges in connection with alleged financial irregularities at Anglo Irish Bank. Here’s what’s been happening…
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 17 July, 2012
Fianna Fáil says the Taoiseach is “throwing out conspiracies like a man standing at a bar at a pub”.
# brian-cowen - Monday 9 July, 2012
Bertie, Albert, Brian and co. What are they up to these days?
# brian-cowen - Sunday 8 July, 2012
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
The government agency was responding to a report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday about former taoiseach Brian Cowen’s enrolment on a six-week course at Stanford University.
# brian-cowen - Thursday 28 June, 2012
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 17 April, 2012
Hillary Clinton isn’t the only politician who has practised the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto…
# brian-cowen - Sunday 15 April, 2012
The probe could see former government ministers, civil servants and banking executives account for their actions ahead of the September 2008 bank guarantee
# brian-cowen - Friday 13 April, 2012
Figures obtained by TheJournal.ie show that Enda Kenny hasn’t spent any public cash on make-up – and nor did Brian Cowen.
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 27 March, 2012
In a speech in Washington, the former taoiseach also attacks conventional political thinking in advance of the crisis.
# brian-cowen - Sunday 4 March, 2012
The party of Cowen and Coughlan may have apologised – but they don’t seem to have got the point, writes Philip O’Connor.
# brian-cowen - Friday 2 March, 2012
Micheál Martin addresses the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in Dublin this evening on plans for party reform.
# brian-cowen - Friday 24 February, 2012
The Laois-Offaly TD, one of only three new Fianna Fáil TDs to be elected in last year’s general election, said he would never have ran for the Dáil if Brian Cowen hadn’t stepped down.
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 21 February, 2012
The former Fianna Fáil TD said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ‘nothing in the top storey’ – but people like him because he smiles all the time.
# brian-cowen - Monday 2 January, 2012
From yesterday, former taoisigh are no longer entitled to claim expenses for secretarial work and mobile phones from the state.
Nine things to know by 9am: Mullingar assault victim dies, warnings of black ice on roads, how former taoisigh feel the pinch… and a hint for finding a lost wedding ring…
# brian-cowen - Saturday 31 December, 2011
Who came out on top, and who was bringing up the rear? Here are our picks for the winners and losers of the year.
# brian-cowen - Tuesday 27 December, 2011
Undone by sex scandals, economic failures, uprisings and other controversies, an astonishing number of high-profile figures resigned from their various posts in the past 12 months.
# brian-cowen - Sunday 11 December, 2011
*According to the new edition of the Chambers Biographical Dictionary, these include Brian Cowen, the founders of Twitter and Cheryl Cole.