FG TDs ask Taoiseach to speak out in grants row
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is facing calls from his own backbenchers to make his opposition clear to controversial plans to use farm and business assets in the means test for college grants, writes Fiach Kelly.
It comes as backbenchers and ministers say Mr Kenny has privately outlined his stance against Education Minister Ruairi Quinn's plans, which are due to come to Cabinet in the coming weeks.
Mr Kenny is one of a number of ministers to have privately told Fine Gael colleagues of their opposition to the plans, as reported in the Irish Independent yesterday.
Mr Quinn is planning to mount a five-year trawl of assets owned by farmers and business people whose children are applying for the college grant in September.
Waterford TD John Deasy said the Taoiseach must make his views on the proposals clear in order to deter Labour from pursuing the policy.
Mr Kenny was asked about the issue in the Dail yesterday by Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv, but refused to say if the proposals would be thrown out by Fine Gael ministers.