Friday 20 October 2017

Ross forced to back down in neutrality row

Shane Ross. Picture by Fergal Phillips
Shane Ross. Picture by Fergal Phillips
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

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.

Irish Independent

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