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Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA

Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is under fire from some of his own TDs and councillors as the fallout from his decision to sack Barry Cowen has divided Fianna Fáil.

And there was concern that more political trouble could be brewing for the coalition after it appointed former attorney general Séamus Woulfe to the Supreme Court less than three weeks after he was replaced at Cabinet.

Mr Cowen will now move to clear his name in the coming weeks as three separate probes into the drink-driving controversy that led to his sacking from Cabinet are under way.