It's no time for sideshow spats
When Fine Gael and Labour formed a coalition government last March, the two parties proclaimed their intention to govern in harmony and with "common purpose". There has been no harmony or sign of common purpose in the dispute over cuts in disability allowances.
Some disagreement on this and a multitude of other issues was always inevitable. The Government took office in appalling economic circumstances. It would have to implement unpopular policies, and strains would make their appearance within and between the two parties.
But the recent sniping between Fine Gael and Labour is both unusual and deplorable.