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Cabinet denies rift rumours over bailout

MINISTERS yesterday rallied to deny any cabinet rift over the need for a second bailout package.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton stressed the Government was unified, while Environment Minister Phil Hogan went a step further to flatly deny the need for more financial aid.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton left the door open for another rescue deal at the weekend, although Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan have categorically ruled out the prospect.

Mr Gilmore said the Government's objective was to work its way out of the current programme.

"We are in a programme, we are meeting all the targets that have been set down in that programme," he said.

Mr Bruton claimed Ms Burton's comments suggested the future could not be predicted.

Irish Independent