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Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I guarantee Deputy Eamon Gilmore that when the campaign is over he will be very tired. He need not worry about it.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Deputy Gilmore should not worry about it. He should build up his strength because he will be very tired by the time this is all over.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: He has gone paranoid at this stage for a man in a handy position. He must be feeling the heat.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: There are three furlongs to go and Deputy Gilmore is running out of juice. He cannot get out there quick enough.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: A major concession by the Deputy.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I thank the Deputy for the first representation I have received in my second tenure as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: A letter is on the way.

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Informal contact and discussion with the Spanish Government in the normal way would be the best way of influencing this situation, rather than trying to raise this to a European level. There is a strong view in Spanish society that this issue is a jurisdictional one to be dealt with solely by the Spanish Government. Political developments in regional autonomy arrangements in Spain only...

Official Engagements (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Deputy Kenny raised a good point. There would be political discussions at the European Council dinner about this whole matter. It is important the confidentiality of much of these discussions would remain so as to allow people to be open and frank about prospective issues, developing trends and the assessments from the Commission and European Central Bank. The Euro Group, under the...

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I wish to announce for the information of the Dáil that the President, on my advice, today accepted the resignation of Deputy Micheál Martin as a member of the Government. Pursuant to section 4(1) of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1946, I have assigned the Department of Foreign Affairs to myself with effect from today.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Information provided by Bank of Ireland to the Department of Finance to the effect that no performance-related bonuses were paid was incorrect. The bank has apologised to the Department for this and the Minister for Finance views this issue very seriously. An intensive investigation of the additional payments made by Bank of Ireland since the introduction of the guarantee scheme is under...

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The Government is in charge. When the Department of Finance obtained the information that this was the case, having been told incorrectly that there were no performance related bonuses, it took up the case and an extensive investigation is being carried out. I have made it clear that consequences will follow if wrongdoing is proved to have taken place. I and the Government would condemn...

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: When the investigation is completed we will know how much is involved. The investigation is under way.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: This issue was raised in a parliamentary question tabled by Deputy Burton last week to the Minister for Finance, Deputy Lenihan.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The issue has been taken up at the highest level. The Government indicated it was not acceptable. We sought detailed information by way of investigation and we are now going to ensure that the details are provided to the House and the public. The people will know that if any wrongdoing was done it will be followed up and there will be serious consequences-----

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: -----as soon as possible when the investigation has been completed.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I totally reject the idea that the Government is not operating effectively and doing its job. We have returned for the final term of this Dáil for good reason, as the Deputy knows. We need to enact the finance Bill and other related Bills, as well the Climate Change Response Bill and others. We have also entered into international obligations which have to be discharged in the first...

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I do not know how the Deputy intends to instil confidence when he continues to be one of the foremost spokespersons for the negativity industry in the country.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: He uses phrases such as " stuck in the mire", " economic corpse" and "banjaxed", which are all part of the Labour Party lexicon in myriad press releases we read. It is the usual politics of the old Democratic Left non-stop, day in and day out, to keep throwing the muck in case some of it might stick. (Interruptions).

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: That is the level of rhetoric we are hearing from the Deputy on an ongoing basis and thankfully people are starting to cop on to it. They will realise it more when an election takes place and we check the veracity of his policies and his proposed solutions for the country in the midst of the biggest crisis since the foundation of the State. We all know what would have happened. The economy...

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