Fianna Fáil elects new Leader
Micheál Martin has been elected as the new leader of Fianna Fail. The ballot took place today and Martin was in the running with Mary Hanafin, Brian Lenihan and Éamon Ó Cuív. The previous leader, Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, stood down on Saturday.
Micheál Martin is the former Foreign Minister, having resigned from the position after Mr Cowen won a vote of confidence a week ago.
A General Election is expected to take place around 25 February, once the finance bill to implement the four year budget plan has passed through The Dail. The austerity measures are part of conditions agreed for the IMF-EU bailout for Ireland.