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Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Mary Harney after the Lisbon rejection: Mr Cowen needs all his skills to handle the fallout

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Mary Harney after the Lisbon rejection: Mr Cowen needs all his skills to handle the fallout

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Mary Harney after the Lisbon rejection: Mr Cowen needs all his skills to handle the fallout

'Gordon Cowen . . . ." The Fine Gael strategist purred the words seductively the day before polling as he confessed to internal party soundings that indicated the Lisbon referendum was in deep trouble.

The main opposition party would dearly love to see the Taoiseach turn into an Irish equivalent of the accident-prone and increasingly unpopular prime minister from across the water.


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