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Sam Smyth: First row in Coalition sets Labour at war over Burton

Sam Smyth

Published 10/03/2011 | 05:00

Members of the 31st Dail listen to proceedings on the first day of the new session yesterday
Members of the 31st Dail listen to proceedings on the first day of the new session yesterday

UNTIL 5.20pm yesterday, either Joan Burton or Pat Rabbitte was to get the second big job in Finance. A few minutes later, it was neither.

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Brendan Howlin got the most sought-after job for a Labour minister in cabinet -- and according to later reports his appointment sparked off a war of words in the party.

The official explanation for a 30-minute postponement in naming the new ministers in the Dail was that the Taoiseach was delayed.

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