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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

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Beleaguered and embattled Irish Premer Brian Cowen has responded angrily to suggestions by Fine Gael members that he was hungover during an interview on Irish radio this morning.

Fine Gael's Simon Coveney had tweeted that Mr Cowen sounded somewhere between drunk and hungover on a radio interview with RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland in which he mistakenly referred to the Croke Park Agreement on public sector pay as the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Cowen accused Simon Coveney of talking 'Bollocks'.

"I was not hungover" he insisted, stifling giggles and chewing on a bacon sandwich he continued, "I was still pissed, major session last night lads, fourteen pints and a five O Clock finish... I'd like to see Obama or Cameron try that one eh? Fuckin lightweights."

Mr Cowen's ministerial colleagues have admitted that the Taoiseach had a late night following the opening of Fianna Fáil's Parliamentary Party conference in Galway, but have jumped to his defence saying the Opposition charges are out of line.

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin criticised Deputy Coveney, saying: "I would have expected better from Simon, the last time he was in Galway he ended up with "I love Bertie" tattooed on his arse and earned himself a good lashing from the party whip.... People in glass houses and all that"

The Fianna Fail party will continue in Galway this evening with a 'Tullamore Hold em' poker competition.

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