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Amid scenes of confusion embattled Taoiseach Brian Cowen finally has finally hauled up the white flag and announced the General Election date for March 11th. His intention to get the finance bill passed through the Dáil was in serious trouble this morning after his attempt to organise a cabinet reshuffle threatened to be the final straw for the Green Party who despite supporting the government through thick and thin over the past period have suddenly developed a survival instinct.