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Kevin Doyle, Daniel McConnell and Philip Ryan

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

Enda Kenny is seeking to defuse tensions within the coalition
Enda Kenny is seeking to defuse tensions within the coalition

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste are to intensify their involvement in the Government's housing plan in a bid to defuse the growing Coalition crisis.

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A plan to beef up the powers of the watchdog for tenants, the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), is now being seen as the best compromise - even though it doesn't meet the demands of embattled Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he hopes to reach a compromise in time for next week's Cabinet meeting. But a source close to the minister said: "Kelly's position hasn't changed."

The under-fire Environment Minister was admonished by Mr Kenny yesterday for describing elements within Fine Gael as "cowardly".

Irish Independent

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