Wednesday 21 March 2018

TDs voice support for Tánaiste in jobs row

Tanaiste Joan Burton Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Tanaiste Joan Burton Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Barry Lennon

Labour Party TDs have rallied around Tánaiste Joan Burton ahead of a confidence motion tabled following her controversial decision to appoint former union leader David Begg to a State board.

The Cabinet will today agree its own motion in order to counter the one tabled by the Dáil's technical group.

The decision to appoint Mr Begg as chairman of the Pensions' Authority was described as a "terrible example of cronyism" by Independent TD Shane Ross.

Ms Burton avoided the normal public appointments procedure, instead using a clause in the guidelines which allows her to personally offer the post to the former ICTU head.

But Labour TDs last night weighed in behind their leader.

The party's chief whip Emmet Stagg said he would give Ms Burton his full support during the debate.

"A political football is being made of this. It's quite normal that a qualified person would be head-hunted for such a position," he said.

Labour Minister of State Kathleen Lynch also was supportive of the Tánaiste.

"I will of course be voting against it," she told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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