John Drennan: 'Game's up for Cowen' as FF leader
But he could remain Taoiseach until party finds new figurehead
A major power vacuum is developing in the heart of Fianna Fail as TDs agonise over the possibility that Brian Cowen might either stay, resign voluntarily or be deposed in a post-Christmas coup.
In an interview with the Sunday Independent yesterday, Communications Minister Eamon Ryan of the Green Party said: "Even the Taoiseach appears to have been slightly released by the knowledge of an end date."
Last week, Mr Cowen emphatically refuted the claim by the dissident FF TD Sean Power that the Taoiseach knew "the game was up'' and would resign before the next election.