John Drennan: Coalition splits over O'Brien's media plan
Rabbitte concerned at tardy transfer of media ownership powers to Labour
Published 01/04/2012 | 05:00
A serious rift is developing between the coalition partners over the politically sensitive issue of proposed reforms in the area of media ownership.
Earlier this year, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte signalled his determination to move swiftly to reform the outdated laws which currently apply to this sector.
However, critically, before Mr Rabbitte can move in this area, powers currently held by Richard Bruton's Enterprise Department have to be transferred to Mr Rabbitte.