Thursday August 6, 2020

Analysis: Martin seeks to park Cowen drink-driving row

The Taoiseach is allowing the Minister for Agriculture time for due process amid ongoing controversy over Barry Cowen’s drink-driving offence and the alleged leaking of a garda report on the incident

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
14th July, 2020
Barry Cowen, Minister for Agriculture, has denied that he tried to evade a garda on the night he was found to be drink-driving. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Barry Cowen was not in the Dáil chamber but he was centre stage when it came to leaders’ questions for the second week in a row.

The Minister for Agriculture had already received a warning shot from Micheál Martin last week for failing to tell the Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader about his three-month ban for drink-driving in 2016 while he was on a learner permit.

The issue was...

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