New York Times on the ridiculous assertion that Brian Cowen could have been affected by a neurotoxin! Never!

Irish premier denies being drunk, hung over

Brian Cowen AP – Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen speaks at a press conference in Galway, Ireland Tuesday Sept. 14, … – Tue Sep 14, 11:10 am ET

DUBLIN – Prime Minister Brian Cowen is resisting calls for an early election in Ireland amid fears about the nation’s debt troubles — and his own ability to steer the country through the crisis.

Cowen was repeatedly accused by politicians and commentators on Irish radio Tuesday of being drunk or hung over after he gave a croaky interview to state radio. He often offered vague, semi-coherent answers to questions on Ireland’s battle to save its banks and reverse its deficit.

Asked by a reporter about speculation he was struggling from the aftereffects of late-night drinking, Cowen replied curtly, “That’s ridiculous.”

Cowen’s Fianna Fail party has a shaky parliamentary majority. His government faces re-election by 2012.