Monday 16 September 2019

FG ministers voice concern over Ross and O'Donovan's 'toxic' relationship

Mr Ross was furious after learning through the media that Mr O’Donovan had proposed the introduction of gender quotas for sporting bodies. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Mr Ross was furious after learning through the media that Mr O’Donovan had proposed the introduction of gender quotas for sporting bodies. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Niall O'Connor

Fine Gael ministers have voiced concern over what they perceive as a "toxic" relationship between Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Shane Ross and the Minister of State in the department Patrick O'Donovan.

Senior Fine Gael figures believe Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be forced to intervene in the new year to improve relations between the pair.

Mr Ross was furious after learning through the media that Mr O'Donovan had proposed the introduction of gender quotas for sporting bodies.

The policy proposal, the first to emanate from the department since the formation of the new Government, will now be subject to a wider consultation involving interest groups.

Read more: Ross takes sides with 'the blazers' to kill off gender quotas for sports bodies

But in a further example of the poor relations between the two ministers, a meeting involving the country's key sporting bodies last week was not attended by Mr O'Donovan.

It's understood he was not invited by Mr Ross.

Fine Gael ministers believe an intervention by the Taoiseach will be needed to resolve the ministers' differences.

Irish Independent

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