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The days ahead: Finance talks and FF leadership to dominate agenda


1pm: Fianna Fail leadership nominations close.

4pm: Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to meet with opposition finance spokespersons, Fine Gael's Michael Noonan and Labour's Joan Burton.


10am: Cabinet meets in government buildings for the first time since the botched reshuffle.

2:30pm Dail Eireann begins sitting for the week.

4:15pm: Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces Leaders' Questions from Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore and Sinn Fein's Caoimhghin O Caolain.

5pm: Finance Bill 2011 debate begins.

5:30pm: Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting to hear speeches from leadership contenders.

7pm: Motion of no confidence in the Government, put down by the Labour Party, is due to be debated -- but this may be held back.


10:30am: Dail Eireann sitting with Mr Cowen again facing Leaders' Questions from Mr Kenny, Mr Gilmore and Mr O Caolain.

2pm: Special meeting of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party to elect the eighth leader of the party.

8:30pm: Vote on motion of no confidence in the Government takes place.

Irish Independent