Brian Cowen

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Brian Bernard Cowen (born 10 January 1960) is an Irish former politician who served as Taoiseach and Leader of Fianna Fáil from 2008 to 2011. Cowen was elected to Dáil Éireann in 1984, for the constituency of Laois–Offaly and served in a number of ministerial roles, including Minister for Labour from 1992 to 1993, Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications from 1993 to 1994, Minister for Health and Children from 1997 to 2000, Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2004, Minister for Finance from 2004 to 2008 and Tánaiste from 2007 to 2008.Cowen was elected Leader of Fianna Fáil in May 2008, upon the resignation of Bertie Ahern, and was nominated by Dáil Éireann to replace him as Taoiseach. Weeks after taking office, his administration faced the Irish financial and banking crises. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Brian Cowen has received more than 410,112 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Brian Cowen is the 5,943rd most popular politician (up from 7,075th in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 74th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Irish Politician.

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Among politicians, Brian Cowen ranks 5,943 out of 15,710Before him are Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Zhang Juzheng, Étienne de Silhouette, Amar-Sin, Boris Pugo, and Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. After him are Charles August, Crown Prince of Sweden, Nicole, Duchess of Lorraine, Petar Stambolić, Luís Cabral, Walter Simons, and Jinpyeong of Silla.

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Among people born in 1960, Brian Cowen ranks 50Before him are Steve Vai, Daryl Hannah, Jeremy Clarkson, Fayez al-Sarraj, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and Neil Gaiman. After him are Sarah Brightman, Rafael Benítez, Hiroyuki Sanada, Barham Salih, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and Anne Parillaud.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Brian Cowen ranks 68 out of 460Before him are Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850), Brian Boru (941), Malcolm II of Scotland (954), Oliver Goldsmith (1728), Edmund the Martyr (841), and Brigid of Kildare (451). After him are George Johnstone Stoney (1826), James Barry (1795), George Francis FitzGerald (1851), Eystein II of Norway (1125), Maureen O'Sullivan (1911), and Kevin Roche (1922).

Among POLITICIANS In Ireland

Among politicians born in Ireland, Brian Cowen ranks 11Before him are George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), Harald Gille (1103), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Brian Boru (941), Malcolm II of Scotland (954), and Edmund the Martyr (841). After him are Eystein II of Norway (1125), Mary Robinson (1944), Bertie Ahern (1951), Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh (1769), Grace O'Malley (1530), and Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1785).