Barry Cowen sacked as Agriculture Minister

Barry Cowen has been sacked as Agriculture Minister.

Pressure mounted on him after it was revealed he received a drink drive ban four years ago.

He apologised for the incident but later strongly denied allegations that he tried to evade gardaí at the time and sought to have the Garda pulse record corrected.

Earlier today the Dáil voted down a proposal to have him address questions on the ban.

But tonight just before nine o’clock Taoiseach MIcheal Martin announced he was sacking him.

Barry Cowen tweeted tonight that the Taoiseach had informed him by phne this evening that he was being removed fron office.

Deputy Cowen said he was “surprised and disappointed” with the decision.