Politics.ie covered Harney's resignation: (http://www.politics.ie/current-affai...-expected.html) And the resignations of Ahern, Dempsey and Kileen: (http://www.politics.ie/current-affai...t-defence.html)
This was the statement at 10.55pm tonight after Mary Harney's resignation was confirmed just after 9pm....
The Irish Times are reporting that these resignations are taking place to prevent Green Party opposition to a reshuffle.Taoiseach Receives Letters of Resignation from Ministers Dermot Ahern, Noel Dempsey and Tony Kileen.
The Taoiseach Brian Cowen T.D. wishes to confirm that he has tonight received letters of resignation as Government Ministers from Deputies Dermot Ahern, Noel Dempsey and Tony Kileen.
In accordance with the Constitution the Taoiseach will submit these letters of resignation to the President with a recommendation that they be accepted.
As Stephen Collins and Harry McGee write in this morning's Irish Times:
Four Ministers quit to allow Cabinet reshuffle - The Irish Times - Thu, Jan 20, 2011The move is designed to enable Mr Cowen thwart efforts by the Green Party to block the reshuffle.
No Greens are to be included in the reshuffle, and Gormley is reported to have expressed concerns about the reshuffle.
He said that if the reshuffle was to happen the Greens would insist that it could not delay the holding of the general election by the end of March.