Cowen faces backbench revolt as FF TD resigns

Wicklow TD Joe Behan has resigned in protest at the Government’s decision to abolish automatic entitlement to medical cards for over 70s. Mr Behan, who was first elected to the Dáil last year, quit despite the Government’s u-turn today on the issue. Biffo now faces a revolt from inside his own party as Mattie McGrath, Jim McDaid and Tom Kitt have all expressed discontent at the Government’s decision in Tuesday’s budget. Full resignation letter here.