Friday 28 April 2017

Gilmore, Kenny had 'full-scale row' over water bills

Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny clashed in the Cabinet room over water charges
Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny clashed in the Cabinet room over water charges

Daniel McConnell and Miriam Donohoe

Former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has revealed how he and Taoiseach Enda Kenny had a "full-scale argument" across the Cabinet table over the setting of water charges.

In his memoir, 'Inside the Room: the untold story of Ireland's crisis government', Mr Gilmore admits water charges became "Labour's biggest political handicap in the local elections".

In an extract from the book in today's Irish Independent, he said Mr Kenny was "goaded" by the opposition into revealing how much average households would have to pay before the local elections.

"He [Mr Kenny] put the issue on the agenda for a Cabinet meeting without my agreement - the first time he ever did that. This resulted in a full-scale argument across the Cabinet table, between the Taoiseach and myself."

Tánaiste Joan Burton has moved to play down the damage of Mr Gilmore's tell-all book about their difficult working relationship.

The revelations come as the Coalition is now deadlocked over rent caps.

Irish Independent

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