Sunday 21 December 2014

Cabinet meeting: Kenny and Gilmore tell bemused ministers they have not fallen out

Published 21/01/2014 | 14:08

Taoiseach Enda Kenny,TD, chats Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore,TD at the launch of   the Q3 measures delivered under Action Plan for Jobs Third Progress Report  at Government buildings yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 17/10/12
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Tom Burke

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore have been forced to reassure ministers they have not fallen out.

Tensions have been mounting within Fine Gael and the Labour Party over a series of inter-coalition spats.

At the end of today’s Cabinet meeting, Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore had to address the reports of a lack of harmony within the coalition.

The Taoiseach and Tanaiste told their bemused Cabinet colleagues they had a good relationship and were continuing to work together.

The comments at the Cabinet emerged following a series of reports, first in the Irish Independent and then elsewhere, of tensions within the Coalition.

Last week, Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore are understood to have had a discussion about a Labour Party allegation of briefing against them by Fine Gael.

The issue appears to have festered over the Christmas period and arisen as the parties returned to Government Buildings.

Fionnan Sheahan

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