Saturday 22 October 2016

Man on a mission

Published 05/01/2013 | 05:00

• Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was a busy man over the Christmas break.

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On December 28 he came out to say that child benefit should be reformed further next year to make sure that rich families don't receive the same payments as lower-income families. On the same day, he said that the Croke Park Agreement should be reviewed to allow increments to be delayed. And then on January 3 he said that former top bankers should be jailed and that retired politicians should forfeit their pensions.

Three populist outbursts in the space of a week is surely no coincidence. Enda Kenny should watch out! Mr Coveney is clearly a man on manoeuvres.

Thomas Ryan
Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W

Irish Independent

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