Fionnan Sheahan: Why the party of power is no longer in control of events
Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00
The opposition parties smell a rat when they hear Mr Cowen and Mr Lenihan claim there is no way the legislation can be passed by the end of the week
Simon Coveney was on a door-to-door canvass in Turners Cross in Cork (just a couple of hundred yards away from Micheal Martin's house) on Saturday afternoon when his mobile phone rang.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen had only announced his resignation some 30 minutes earlier.