Taoiseach stands by Barry Cowen TD over drink-driving ban

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Taoiseach Michael Martin has said that he is “disappointed” that he only found out yesterday about a drink-driving ban served by Fianna Fáil minister Barry Cowen in 2016.

In a statement, Martin said that he was first made aware of the incident on Friday afternoon. “I have spoken to Minister Cowen and I accept that his remorse about this incident is genuine,” Martin said.

“I am disappointed that I learned about it in this way and have made that clear to him.”

Cowen was named as the Minister for Agriculture and the Marine last Saturday.