Making headlines around the globe
Brian Cowen "slurred his words, sounded rather tired and hoarse and delivered a less than pukka performance" in a "bizarre interview". -- Wall Street Journal "Irish premier denies being drunk, hungover on air", referring to Cowen's "vague, semi-coherent answers".
-- Wall Street Journal
"Irish premier denies being drunk, hungover on air", referring to Cowen's "vague, semi-coherent answers".
-- Associated Press
"Ireland's embattled prime minister denies being drunk, hungover, opposition demands election."
-- Fox News
"The Irish Prime Minister has denied being drunk or hungover on a radio programme."
-- BBC World News
"Hangover talk hounds Ireland's PM"
"Morning Ireland could not have chosen a worse time to interview the politician"
-- Spanish daily La Voz de Galicia
"Mr Cowen was drinking lager and entertaining colleagues with impressions while a number of party members sang traditional Irish songs.
"His performance on radio only hours later, sparked criticism from opposition politicians who said the incident raised concerns over his ability to lead the country."
-- Australia's Herald Sun
The story was also covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post and the New York Daily News. French newspaper Le Monde, however, reported only on the €3bn Budget cuts.