Kenny denies Gilmore 'split' over Lagarde
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's officials last night denied he was at odds with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore over the Government's view on the next IMF chief.
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is the favourite to take the job following the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Ms Lagarde was described yesterday as "hawkish" against Ireland in demanding an increase in the country's corporation tax rate in return for a bailout interest rate cut.
Mr Kenny said the Government had made no decision on backing any candidate. But in Paris, Mr Gilmore said Ireland would support Ms Lagarde.
Mr Gilmore's view echoed that of European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton who also backed Ms Lagarde.
When Mr Gilmore's comments from Paris emerged, a government spokesman said there was no contradiction.
"The Taoiseach said there is no Government decision on it. He is just letting the process take its course," he said.