Brian Cowen

Irish politician

Brian Cowen (born 10 January 1960) was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland. He became the taoiseach on 7 May 2008, after Bertie Ahern, he resigned after losing a general election on 9 March 2011. He was the leader of a political party called Fianna Fáil.[1] They were in a coalition government with the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats. Independent TDs (Irish members of parliament) also support his government.

Brian Cowen

Brian Cowen
In office
7 May 2008 – 9 March 2011
PresidentMary McAleese
TánaisteMary Coughlan
Preceded byBertie Ahern
Succeeded byEnda Kenny
In office
14 June 2007 – 7 May 2008
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byMichael McDowell
Succeeded byMary Coughlan
Minister for Finance
In office
29 September 2004 – 7 May 2008
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byCharlie McCreevy
Succeeded byBrian Lenihan, Jnr
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
27 January 2000 – 29 September 2004
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byDavid Andrews
Succeeded byDermot Ahern
Minister for Health and Children
Minister for Health (1997)
In office
26 June 1997 – 27 January 2000
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byMichael Noonan
Succeeded byMicheál Martin
Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications
In office
22 January 1993 – 15 December 1994
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded byCharlie McCreevy
Succeeded byMichael Lowry
Minister for Energy
In office
12 January 1993 – 22 January 1994
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded byAlbert Reynolds
Succeeded byCharlie McCreevy
Minister for Labour
In office
11 February 1992 – 12 January 1993
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded byMichael O'Kennedy
Succeeded byMervyn Taylor
Teachta Dála for Laois-Offaly
Assumed office
14 June 1984
Preceded byBernard Cowen
Personal details
Born10 January 1960
Tullamore, Republic of Ireland.
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Mary Molloy
Alma materCistercian College, Roscrea
University College Dublin

References change

  1. "Cowen 'excited but daunted' by new post". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-05-16.