Calls grow louder for Cowen to go
Celia Larkin, Shane Ross and Ben Dunne among those calling on Taoiseach to quit
Taoiseach Brian Cowen must go -- that's the growing chorus from Ireland's leading public figures and a disenchanted populace.
"I think that Brian Cowen should step aside in favour of Brian Lenihan in the national interest," says independent senator Shane Ross.
"In order for the party (Fianna Fail) to survive Brian must go, and go quickly," says Celia Larkin, key advisor and confidante of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
"He's living on borrowed time," says billionaire industrialist Martin Naughton of Glen Dimplex.
"He hasn't got the X Factor, he's got the Ex Factor," according to Ireland's leading music impresario Louis Walsh.
"You need a leader that people believe in, regard as credible, and Brian Cowen is not that. Full stop," says leading economist Jim Power.
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The palpable sense of disenchantment with the Taoiseach's leadership and his failure to address the dire state of the public finances is echoed by the public, with 73 per cent of those polled by Quantum Research for the Sunday Independent saying that Mr Cowen should step down immediately.
Articulating the anger of ordinary people last Friday night at a public meeting in Co Limerick, farmer Eamon McManus berated the Taoiseach to his face to the applause of many of those present at the AGM of the ICMSA (Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association),
Writing in today's Sunday Independent, Celia Larkin lays it firmly on the line for Mr Cowen, his leadership of Fianna Fail and the country, saying: "Here's the truth of it: in order for the Fianna Fail party to survive, Brian must go, and go quickly."