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Burton backlash following Gilmore book

Published 05/11/2015 | 02:30

Dublin Chamber of Commerce president Greg Clarke (left) and Aebhric McGibney (right), its Public and International Affairs director, with Social Democrats leader Stephen Donnelly following a breakfast meeting where the TD set his group's plans for business and the economy
Dublin Chamber of Commerce president Greg Clarke (left) and Aebhric McGibney (right), its Public and International Affairs director, with Social Democrats leader Stephen Donnelly following a breakfast meeting where the TD set his group's plans for business and the economy

Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea has hit out at Joan Burton for not wanting the "lowly" portfolio of Social Protection.

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While debating the Social Protection Bill in the Dáil, Mr O'Dea referenced Eamon Gilmore's new book where he claims Ms Burton wanted the Foreign Affairs ministry.

"She wanted to be strutting her stuff on the world stage," said Mr O'Dea.

He claimed Ms Burton had "very little empathy with, and less understanding, of the poorest and neediest people in this country".

"After all, we know from excerpts of the book about to be published, she objected strenuously to taking on the responsibilities of the Department of Social Protection," he said.

Meanwhile, Labour Minister Kathleen Lynch defended Mr Gilmore's decision to write the book, but described the timing as "interesting".

Irish Independent

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