Coalition is on collision course over donations
GREEN Communications Minister Eamon Ryan set his party on a collision-course with its partners in Government last night in a growing row over legislation on corporate donations.
Speaking in Glenties, Co Donegal, Mr Ryan said such legislation was "top" of the Green agenda and he would like to see it introduced this year.
But he stopped short of supporting claims made by party colleague Paul Gogarty yesterday that the legislation was a potential coalition deal breaker.
"You are either in favour of corporate donations or against it. That splitting of the line into whether it is good corporate money or bad corporate money, you cannot do," said Mr Ryan.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny last night castigated party member Lucinda Creighton for raising the issue of Fine Gael accepting donations from a developer associated with NAMA.
"The Fine Gael party have no truck with rogue builders or hooky characters or shady characters. We have no dealings with brown envelopes, influence buying or dig outs. The Fine Gael party is absolutely above board in all its financial dealings," he said.