Saturday 16 December 2017

Labour dig in on Gilmore embassy closure

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

LABOUR backbenchers all firmly back Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's decision to close our Vatican embassy -- highlighting a huge difference of opinion with their coalition colleagues in Fine Gael.

Fine Gael backbenchers are openly revolting over the closure of the embassy to the Holy See.

Labour last night ensured that all its TDs spoke with one voice by getting party chief whip Emmet Stagg to issue a statement supporting Mr Gilmore on their behalf.

This came after the Irish Independent contacted all 26 backbench TDs and six junior ministers to ask whether they agreed with the controversial closure.

Mr Stagg said: "Myself and my fellow Labour Party TDs and senators are fully supportive of the Tanaiste's approach in this matter."

Irish Independent

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