TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has rebuffed claims by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton that the drop in the numbers on the dole queues is down to her success.
Ms Burton claimed this morning the decrease on the live register is because of “my success”.
But speaking at the Fine Gael national conference in Limerick today, Mr Kenny said getting more people back to work isn’t about one person or one Government department.
“This is not about any individual department,” the Taoiseach said. “I’ve co-operated very strongly with Minister Burton.
“She has overseen a change with how the social protection services interact with the live register, reducing that for 15 consecutive months.”
But Mr Kenny added: “All ministers are required here to measure up in the national effort to get our country back to work.”
It came after Mr Kenny cranked up pressure on Ms Burton during his opening speech to his party conference.
The slow pace of social welfare reform, particularly in the area of job activation, is causing tensions in the Government.
The Taoiseach also said today that Ireland’s 12.5pc corporation tax rate is sacrosanct, after it became a sticking point in coalition talks in Germany.
“There is no pressure,” Mr Kenny said. “It is 12.5pc and that is what it will stay. It will not be increased or reduced and there will be no pressure on Ireland.”