Saturday 17 March 2018

Enda Kenny tells minister to stop commenting on budget

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny told his ministers yesterday to stop commenting in public on budget issues.

Mr Kenny’s orders at today’s Cabinet meeting came in the wake of rows over changes to the Croke Park Agreement and doubts over promises on income tax and social welfare.

Speaking later at a press briefing on mortgage debt, Mr Kenny refused to say what he had told his ministers, but admitted the issue was discussed at Cabinet.

“I would never comment on what happens at a Cabinet meeting. We have a very difficult budget to prepare for and clearly every minister will be fully engaged in this process.

“And as I said the budget will not be drafted in public. It is the responsibility constitutionally of the Cabinet to deal with this. Clearly we want discussions where they are appropriate in committees in the Dail and in the House itself. We reflected on that this morning,” he said.

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