Irish foreign minister tenders resignation: reports

16th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin tendered his resignation on Sunday after Prime Minister Brian Cowen challenged his party to back him in a confidence vote this week, reports said.

Martin said he would vote against Cowen in the confidence motion on Tuesday after the premier challenged rebels in his ruling Fianna Fail party to back him, the BBC and Sky News television reported.

Martin -- viewed as the most likely challenger to Cowen -- however said that the premier had indicated his resignation would not be necessary, the reports said.

© 2011 AFP

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