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Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv set sail for Aranmore in the Donegal South West by-election campaign

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv set sail for Aranmore in the Donegal South West by-election campaign

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv set sail for Aranmore in the Donegal South West by-election campaign

Brian Cowen looked worn, diminished. Beside him on the podium of Government Buildings, an ashen-faced Brian Lenihan looked stricken.

The Taoiseach was being harangued by journalist Vincent Browne who demanded to know why he wasn't resigning, now that the Government has been forced to go cap-in-hand to Europe in search of a massive, mind-boggling dig-out to keep this nation from going broke.


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