Fianna Fáil leadership election, 2008

Fianna Fáil leadership election, 2008
Republic of Ireland
9 April 2008 (2008-04-09)

Candidate Brian Cowen
Party Fianna Fáil

Leader before election

Bertie Ahern

Elected Leader

Brian Cowen

The 2008 Fianna Fáil leadership election began on 2 April 2008, when party leader and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announced his resignation. Brian Cowen, the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance was the clear favourite to succeed him.[1][2]



Declined to stand


On 2 April Mary Hanafin declined to comment on whether she would be standing for the leadership and Brian Lenihan had ruled himself out of the race.[4] By 4 April all of the Fianna Fáil cabinet ministers had declared their support for the candidacy of Brian Cowen. No other candidate emerged, and Cowen was elected unopposed as the seventh leader of Fianna Fáil on 9 April 2008.[5]


  1. "Behind the smugness is a clueless Brian Cowen". Irish Independent. 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  2. "Cowen feels 'positive about the soul of the country'". Irish Independent. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  3. "The other Dermot Ahern". The Sunday Business Post. 2006-01-29. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  4. "No Hanafin comment on FF leadership". RTÉ News. 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  5. "FF elects Brian Cowen as leader". RTÉ News. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
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