Cowen resigns as leader of Fiánna Fail
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has resigned as leader of the governing Fiánna Fail party. He says that he will remain on as Prime Minister until after the general election which has been called for 11th March.
Opposition leaders, however, are now saying that they may force a motion of no confidence to try and bring forward the date of the election.
The Fiánna Fail led government has seen a number of Ministerial resignations this week following a secret leadership ballot which the Prime Minister won.
Increasingly the party looks in disarray and disunited against an opposition which appears to be increasingly confident.