Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...

Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Brian Cowen takes over as Ireland's Prime Minister

The former Minister of Finance has taken over the job of Taoiseach following Bertie Ahern's resignation.
The former Minister of Finance has taken over the job of Taoiseach following Bertie Ahern's resignation.

As expected, Brian Cowen has succeeded Bertie Ahern as Ireland's Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil party leader following Mr Ahern's resignation from the post on May 6th 2008.

Bertie Ahern announced on 2nd April that he would step down as Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader as a consequence of an ongoing controversy over his personal finances.

Incoming Taoiseach Brian Cowen was nominated for the job by the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann, on 7th May and was elected by 88 votes to 76.

He was also the sole nominee for the position of Fianna Fáil party leader, becoming the seventh person to hold the title of president of the party.

Mr Cowen's first decision after taking office was to reshuffle Bertie Ahern's Cabinet.

Former Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan was promoted to Tanaiste and Entreprise Minister, and the former Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan was promoted to the post of Finance Minister.

The Taoiseach also announced some of his priorities for Government, including a reform of the public sector and the national health service, and the ratification of the European Reform Treaty on June 12th.

The main opposition party leader, Enda Kenny from Fine Gael, called for the dissolution of the Parliament and the holding of a general election on the basis that whoever takes over the leadership of the nation needs to have an electoral mandate.

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