Guest blog by Plaid Hightown
While families throughout Ireland consider whether they should leave the country their Taoiseach considers whether he should leave his office. The last week has seen Brian Cowen’s future as leader of Fianna Fail and Taoiseach hang by a thread and it appears that it was all coming to the end for a man more popularly known as Biffo,(not exactly a term of endearment for the big man from Offaly).
A disastrous stewardship of the economy and historic lows in the polls for the once all conquering Fianna Fail party has led to calls from his own backbenchers for him to go and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs hinting that he would challenge for the leadership of the party.
Cowen recently addressed a meeting of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party and said that he would not resign and he would speak to each TD individually on Thursday and Friday to gauge the party’s view on his leadership. It is now widely accepted that a majority of his cabinet including big hitters the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Foreign Affairs are calling for his resignation
An Taoiseach will address the nation this evening, there have been contradicting yet credible reports in the Irish press about what his decision will be. For anyone interested in seeing this important announcement I have provided a link,to the RTE News (follow link to RTA News Now)and it is expected that the address will be carried on the main evening news which is at one minute past six.