Thursday 22 March 2018

Shatter suspended in Croke Park row

Patricia McDonagh

AN opposition frontbencher was suspended from the Dail last night after a heated row over the publication of documents relating to public sector reforms.

Fine Gael justice spokesman Alan Shatter said it was crucial that all relevant information concerning the Croke Park agreement be made available to the opposition before December's Budget.

Tanaiste Mary Coughlan said negotiations were taking place with unions on the detail of the action plans on reforms in the public service.

She said the documents, could not be made public as this process was ongoing.

But Mr Shatter refused to accept Ms Coughlan's explanation and was temporarily ejected from the Dail after branding the move "outrageous".

Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk was forced to suspend the Dail for five minutes.

Mr Shatter's party colleague, Dr James Reilly, then rowed in to criticise the move once it resumed.

"If we do not have the information from departments of their plans for the implementation (of the Croke Park deal). . . we do not have full information in order to have a consensus around the Budget," he said.

Irish Independent

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