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'If public pay deal is not accepted, all bets are off'

Aengus Fanning talks to Batt O'Keeffe about his crucial portfolio and the stark choices now facing the country

Published 18/04/2010 | 05:00

'TIME TO LEAVE ASIDE THE DOOM': Minister for Enterprise Batt O'Keeffe with 'Sunday Independent' Editor Aengus Fanning
'TIME TO LEAVE ASIDE THE DOOM': Minister for Enterprise Batt O'Keeffe with 'Sunday Independent' Editor Aengus Fanning

GETTING a straight answer from Batt O'Keeffe is no easy thing. As befits a true son of Millstreet, the new Minister for Enterprise has about half a dozen ways of saying as little as possible.

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To be kind to him, maybe that's the art of modern politics. And the way things are, all we can do is wish him well and beseech him to seek inspiration from Sean Lemass.

But one thing is certain: there is no sign of a TK Whitaker in the Department of Finance right now.

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