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Brian Cowen with members of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party

Brian Cowen with members of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party

Brian Cowen with members of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party

AS Brian Cowen walked through a standing ovation in the packed ballroom, it was clear the weighty hand of history had just brushed against his shoulder for the first time.

He made his way past the rows of cheering Government ministers, senators and TDs, past the banks of TV cameras and huddle of photographers, past the rows of journalists before coming to the front-row seats occupied by his wife Mary and his eldest daughter Sinead.


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