Monday 26 February 2018

The life of Brian: facts and figures

Age: 51

Family: Married to Mary Molloy; the couple have two daughters, Sinead (19) and Maedhbh (12)

Originally from: Clara, Co Offaly

Lives in: Tullamore, Co Offaly

School: Ardscoil Naomh Ciaran, Clara, Co Offaly; Mount St Joseph's College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

College: University College Dublin, BCL law degree; Incorporated Law Society of Ireland

Political background: Father, Ber Cowen, was a Fianna Fail TD

First elected: 1984, in a Laois-Offaly by-election caused by the death of his father

Ministries: Minister for Labour 1992-1993; Transport, Energy and Communications 1993-1994; Health 1997-2000; Foreign Affairs 2000-2004; Finance 2004-2008; Tanaiste 2007-2008; Taoiseach: May 7, 2008 to March 2011

Irish Independent

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