Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen Seriously Ill In Hospital

David Layde
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The former Taoiseach Brian Cowen is seriously ill this afternoon.

He was rushed to hospital last night with a suspected bleed on the brain, and remains at the Beacon in South Dublin.

The 59-year-old was treated for fluid on a lung in April, having become unwell at a golf event.

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Mr Cowen was first elected as a Fianna Fáil TD for Laois/Offaly in 1984, on the death of his father Ber.

His brother Barry succeeded him on his retirement from politics in 2011.