Irish PM Cowen Not Stepping Down, Implores Dáil To Pass The Budget

Brian Cowen

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Starting at 2:00 PM ET (7:00 PM Dublin time) Taoiseach Brian Cowen will deliver a statement. Click here to refresh.We’ll follow it LIVE here, and you can also watch it at RTE.

Bear in mind that all day there has been chatter about the government’s impending collapse.

2:01: Still no Cowen, but according to RTE, the most likely announcement is that he’ll tought it out, and not quit right now.

2:05: Nothing yet. Just chatter.

2:09: Still nothing from Cowen…

2:12: Brian Cowen begins… talking about importance of budget

2:13: We believe there’s a clear duty to facilitate the passage of these (budget) measures.

2:14: Next year, issue of new government can be dealt with.

Q&A time:

Q: Do you feel betrayed by Green Party?

A: “Betrayed” is not in my lexicon. Green Party is prepared to do the work that’s needed.

Cowen: One gist… We MUST proceed with this budget.

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