Micheal Martin resigns as Ireland's foreign minister
The embattled Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, has won a vote of confidence on his leadership.
Prior to the vote Foreign Minister Micheal Martin turned against Mr Cowen saying he believed Fianna Fail now needed a new leader. Mr Martin has now announced he has resigned.
He told a press conference he had been "clear I would insist on my resignation if my views did not prevail in the vote. I have therefore tendered my resignation as minister for foreign affairs".
The secret ballot among Fianna Fail MPs was called after criticism of Mr Cowen's handling of the country's economic crisis.
18 Jan 2011