A vote in the Dublin parliament on proposed cutbacks was carried by
the coalition government with a reduced majority of seven votes
Brian Cowen may be forced to back down on elements of last week’s
budget amid signs that the stability of his 26-County coalition
government is under threat.
The main points of the 26-County state budget for 2009, presented this afternoon by Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan,
Ministers in the 26-County government have admitted that tomorrow’s
budget will be a tough one, impacting on everyone, and that major tax
increases are on the cards.
DUP leader Peter Robinson directed a stream of invective against Sinn
Féin President Gerry Adams tonight in the clearest sign yet that the
political stalemate gripping the North is at breaking point.
The man accused of the massive Northern Bank robbery in Belfast walked
free from court this morning after all charges against him were
Sitting in emergency session, the Dublin parliament has agreed
legislation to guarantee and underwrite the banking system in the 26