Monday 5 December 2016

Editorial: Petty squabbles don't bode well for Coalition

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers

Tanaiste Joan Burton's complaining about Taoiseach Enda Kenny announcing the rollout of over-70s GP cards hardly augurs well for the success of the revamped Coalition. The Labour Party leader seems to want a pat on the back from the electorate when it comes to announcing items that the Government views as 'good news'. She's sadly mistaken and out of touch with the public mood.

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Ms Burton feels Mr Kenny overstepped the mark by confirming the government policy of rolling out the GP-only cards to the over-70s, once the under-sixes are dealt with.

The Taoiseach told the Dail last Wednesday the Government was considering a number of options in respect of the rollout of primary care services for the under-sixes and other different categories, including the over-70s.

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