Ireland’s Coalition Government Falls Apart

January 23, 2011 Updated: January 23, 2011

[xtypo_dropcap]T[/xtypo_dropcap]he Irish Green Party announced on Sunday that it is leaving the Irish coalition government, according to the Irish Times, causing the government to lose its majority in the House, and triggering an early election. 

Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen has been under increasing pressure over his handling of the economic crisis in Ireland.

The day prior, Cowen had stepped down as a party leader of the ruling party Fianna Fail, but not as PM. Amidst threats of votes of nonconfidence by opposition parties, he refused to dissolve the Parliament.

Green Party leader John Gormley explained the Green’s move as "continuing doubts, the lack of communication, and the breakdown in trust," the Belfast Telegraph reported.

An election is expected to take place in late February, according to the Irish Times.