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The inside story of the demise of Fianna Fail

Lurching from one disaster to the next, the fall of Cowen and his party was remarkable, says Daniel McConnell

Published 11/09/2011 | 05:00

At 10am on Thursday, January 20, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan received a panicked phone call from his Taoiseach. "It's all going wrong, come to my office, now," Brian Cowen barked.

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The night before, on his direct instruction, almost half his cabinet, including Mary Harney, Noel Dempsey, Dermot Ahern and Tony Killeen, had resigned. But now, as Cowen revealed in his call to Lenihan, their junior coalition partners, the Greens, were causing trouble.

"The f**king Greens are at it again, and now they are saying they'll stop us replacing those who have resigned," Lenihan told me the Taoiseach had said.

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