Taoiseach Brian Cowen has given his backing to Irish 'X Factor' contestants John and Edward Grimes.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star from Berlin, where he was marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr Cowen said: "I wish the twins all the best and I hope they go all the way."

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When asked about the Grimes brothers last week on a radio show, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "I don't think they're very good."