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Brian Cowen has strong mandate

Sir -- Brian Cowen is making history at the moment. Every crisis presents a leader who is a match for the problem.

Mr Cowen's motion of confidence has supplied him with a strong mandate and sufficient information to select a team he can trust. It also gives him a very strong hand to negotiate a new programme with his partners to get us out of our present dilemma.

Michael Terry,

Castleknock, Dublin 15

Sunday Independent