Micheal, the Dictator Martin, yesterday supported Barry Cowen at 2 pm then sacked him at tea time. There is more than one Judas behind the leaks in FF but finding them would be almost similar to hunting a miniature rat in the Canal.

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Barry Cowen remains defiant after sudden sacking

Ex-minister was ‘surprised’ and ‘disappointed’ by Martin decision

Disagreement: Barry Cowen was last night dismissed as agriculture minister by Micheál Martin. Photo: Collins Photos

Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen gave Taoiseach Micheál Martin no option but to sack him last night after he refused to publicly address the remaining questions about his drink-driving ban.

Hours after defending Mr Cowen in the Dáil, the Taoiseach returned to the chamber just before 9pm to announce he was sacking his minister just 17 days after he was appointed.

Mr Martin said he asked Mr Cowen to publicly address new questions about the night he was stopped for drink-driving but the Offaly TD said he would not be making any further comment.

Thomas Byrne denies leaking Barry Cowen drink-driving ban to press

Thomas Byrne denies leaking
                Barry Cowen drink-driving ban to press

Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne has denied that it was he who leaked news of Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen’s drink-driving ban to the press.

Mr Byrne told the Michael Reade Show on LMFM Radio today that he and Mr Cowen are on good terms and it was “now clear” that he had not told the press about Mr Cowen’s 2016 road ban.

Party activist Ken McFadden had claimed that Mr Byrne had told him in a phone call that he was the source of the leak.

Mr Byrne, however, said that is not the case and denied that he had “gone to ground”.

I think it’s pretty clear now that I am not possibly the source of this particular story.

“We now see that there’s a garda investigation which does not involve me. I am on good terms with Barry Cowen, I remain on good terms with Barry Cowen.”

Mr Byrne said that he hadn’t spoken to Mr McFadden at 1.30am as suggested, adding that the conversation had taken place around 1am. Mr Byrne said he had made phone calls to “many of his friends” on Saturday, June 27, when Mr Byrne was overlooked for a full cabinet position.

Thomas Byrne denies leaking Barry Cowen drink-driving
            ban to press
Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mr Byrne said that he “absolutely” refutes Mr McFadden’s claims.

Mr Byrne said that he had taken legal advice on the claims, and had assessed his options, but suggested his role as a junior minister would preclude him from taking a case against Mr McFadden.

“‘As someone who has worked on defamation cases, these things take up all of your time.”

Mr Byrne said that Mr Cowen had addressed the Dáil on the issue.

We heard from Barry Cowen in the Dáil and he gave an account of what happened. I think he expressed profound regret and deep embarrassment.

“There’s no doubt that anyone who drinks and drives is a very bad example.”

Mr Byrne said that Mr Cowen’s statement was “standard practice in the Dáil” and said that the legal punishment was appropriate.

He said that he had “no issue with questions being asked of Barry Cowen”.

Fred says:  To quote Eamon O’Cuiv, FF has lost its identity and Micheal Martin is not a leader and never will be.  His performance in the Dail yesterday was nothing short of being Flat, Punctured, with a Lack of Vision and Weak.  When Mattie McGrath asked him a simple question in relation to Pubs – Martin as usual bluffed his way but without answering the questions.  We know now the calibre of Micheal Martin.  Just ask Willie O’Dea, Calleary, Jim O’Callaghan, Morrissey, and now Barry Cowen and they will tell you privately.  I personally believe the leak in relation to Cowen’s driving offence is a bigger picture, even beyond Barry Cowen who was Sacked.  As one of his own TD’s said last week, Micheal will look around some day for a friend, and there will be nobody there.

I WANT TO FINISH ON THIS FOR NOW.  WHO IS THE FEMALE BATTLE AXE WHO REALLY RUNS FF AND SHE MUST BE OBEYED AT ALL TIMES.  INSIDE SOURCES HAVE GIVEN ME HER NAME BUT FOR LEGAL REASONS I CANNOT PUT THE NAME IN PRINT.  THIS FEMME FATALE, ACCORDING TO INSIDE SOURCES, IS A RIGHT BULLY AND EVEN MICHEAL HAS TO JUMP WHEN SHE PLAYS THE FLUTE.  RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ENOUGH DISGRUNTLED TD’S WITHIN FF TO MAKE A HEAVE ON MICHEAL BUT WILL THEY?  I CALL THEM OUT NOW – JOHN, WILLIE, JIM, EAMON AND THE REST – CALL A MEETING IN THE POLITICAL HEARTBREAK HOTEL AND MAKE A MOVE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE BECAUSE IF THIS GOVERNMENT FALLS FF WILL BEAR THE BRUNT FROM THE IRISH PEOPLE.  THE IRISH PEOPLE VOTED FOR CHANGE NOT FOR THIS CIRCUS WHERE FF ARE PLAYING THE CLOWNS.

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