Despite having won a very pragmatic vote of confidence in the parliamentary party, dissent is building up inside Fianna Fail, perhaps they are lining themselves up behind Conor Lenihan’s idea of Fianna Fail Nua:
Former minister Willie O’Dea has again warned of an electoral catastrophe for the party if Mr Cowen leads it into the general election. Conor Lenihan, Michael McGrath, Thomas Byrne, Ned O’Keeffe and others all want Mr Cowen to resign.
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