Irish Premiere PM Brian Cowen Denies Being Drunk on Air

September 15th, 2010 - 12:33 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Sep 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Calls for an early election in Ireland are being resisted by Prime Minister Cowen as he denies the accusation made by politicians and commentators that he was drunk and hung over while on the radio during an interview with the state broadcast network, ‘RTE’ on “Morning Ireland”.

Cowen was said to have given a “very croaky interview” and offered vague, semi-coherent answers to many of the questions which were put before him about Ireland’s fight to save their banks and help the deficit which the country is in.

A ‘TV3’ reporter asked the Prime Minister straight out if he was struggling from the after-effects of late night drinking, to which Cowen replied shortly, :that’s ridiculous!” He went on the try and shame the reporter for asking such a question, stating that it was “uncalled for”.

In a different news conference, Prime Minister Cowen denied the accusations, and expressed his disgust at the suggestion. “I think it’s a real new low in Irish politics,” Cowen said. “It’s an appalling and unfounded assertion,” he added, Cabinet members flanking him in a show of support. “I have a hoarseness in my throat for which I apologize.”

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