Sunday Independent really takes it to Cowen today, they've got a number of sources in their lead story, and it doesn't make for pretty reading:
Cowen is contrite -- but won't quit drink - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
Taoiseach Brian Cowen is said to have "purged" himself at a meeting of Fianna Fail cabinet ministers in what turned out to be a successful bid to stave off the threat of a challenge to his leadership -- but he fell short of saying that he would quit alcohol.The Taoiseach is said to have effectively thrown himself at the mercy of his colleagues in the Cabinet.A government source told the Sunday Independent: "He was entirely contrite, entirely upfront and contrite."But sources within the Government have subsequently described Mr Cowen as being "on his final chance".
Yesterday a senior source said: "He is not safe yet, but he is on safer ground for the moment, if you know what I mean."