Ross forced to back down in neutrality row
Transport Minister Shane Ross was forced to back down on a demand that he be allowed support a referendum on Ireland's neutrality after a furious Cabinet row with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The Irish Independent has learned that Mr Ross wanted a free vote on a Sinn Féin motion that will come before the Dáil tomorrow, but Mr Kenny was emphatic in refusing the request.
The Taoiseach even produced a copy of Bunreacht na hÉireann during the dispute, which saw a number of ministers intervene to try to defuse the situation. "The idea the Government would, in the middle of Brexit and Donald Trump, start into a referendum on neutrality is madness," said one source.