Thursday August 6, 2020

Analysis: Martin sacked Cowen as drink-drive controversy was ‘too much of a distraction’

The Offaly TD served just over a fortnight as Minister for Agriculture, but was removed from his position after declining to give detailed answers to an increasing number of questions about a drink-drive ban from 2016

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
14th July, 2020
Barry Cowen, the former Minister for Agriculture, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin who has sacked him

The focus of Micheál Martin’s first weeks as Taoiseach should have been on the government’s plans to boost economic recovery, the ongoing challenge of managing the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and ensuring the newly formed three-party coalition enjoyed a solid start to its all important first 100 days.

Alas it wasn’t to be. Instead it has been marked by internal Fianna Fáil rifts over ministerial appointments...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The death of the peacemaker has drawn tributes not just from his friends but also from one-time political opponents, showing the esteem in which he was held

Michael Brennan | 2 days ago

Industry body says many members have no cashflow until late next year, and are competing against rivals abroad which have better state support

Killian Woods | 4 days ago

A briefing paper to Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned that the numbers of Irish people taking jobs with the EU is dwindling sharply

Aiden Corkery | 4 days ago