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Friday 23 February 2018

TD laments tit-for-tat politics but backs party

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

THE Fine Gael TD who condemned "political point-scoring" is still backing her party's bid to block the Tanaiste's jobs mission to the US.

Dublin South East TD Lucinda Creighton has called for an end to "tit-for-tat politics" and shouting across the Dail chamber by TDs.

But while condemning Dail colleagues on the one hand, the controversial TD refused to criticise her own party's tactics.

She denied that Fine Gael's move to block Mary Coughlan's US trip was an example of political point-scoring.

"People can interpret it as political point-scoring or whatever, but that's not what I was referring to," Ms Creighton said.

Ms Coughlan flew out to Chicago yesterday to join up with Enterprise Ireland officials for conference visits.


She was able to belatedly travel on the trip after being provided with a voting pair by Labour -- which means that one of the party's TDs will not vote in the Dail during her absence.

Yesterday, Ms Creighton voiced her frustrations with "tit-for-tat" politics.

"I cringe when I hear it, I really do. It's like it's from the Dark Ages," she said.

Ms Creighton also stood over an internet blog in which she called for the €8.65-per-hour minimum wage to be reduced to restore economic competitiveness -- which is not Fine Gael party policy.

Irish Independent

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