Friday 27 April 2018

Martin calls for clarity on economic policy role of mini-cabinet

Enda Dowling

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has been challenged to clarify the role of the mini-cabinet that makes economic policy decisions.

The demand came after Social Protection Minister Joan Burton made her latest complaint about the Economic Management Council (EMC).

The EMC is only made up of Mr Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin.

But Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin said he "struggles" to see how Ms Burton, above, is "comfortable in Government" if she has no say in decisions.

Ms Burton claimed the EMC does not see the "big (economic) picture" and is overly exclusive.

"It's difficult to understand how a minister with responsibility for €20bn and who openly speaks up about her non-involvement in the Budget is comfortable with that and is still in the Government," he said.

Mr Martin claimed Ms Burton was saying she is being "squeezed out" of the decision-making process.

Speaking at the launch of a Fianna Fail action plan to boost female participation in politics, he said: "I think that raises very serious questions. It seems that all the major decisions are being taken before they go to Cabinet at all and that's not acceptable.

"We need clarity urgently from the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste".

Irish Independent

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