Tuesday 20 March 2018

Jobless get fair crack of the whip, but Lucinda faces cat o' nine tails

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

IRONIC, really. The Taoiseach, surrounded by a troika of non-turbulent ministers, was in Waterford yesterday to announce a new job-creation scheme in the same week that he may be handing out a P45 to one of his own workers.

He and Eamon Gilmore, Joan Burton and Richard Bruton were in the (very) sunny south-east to launch Jobs Plus, for the long-term unemployed, but the focus of attention was on the future prospects of one of his junior ministers who looks hell-bent on voting against the Government's abortion bill tomorrow.

Neither Eamon nor Enda would be drawn on the latest mutinous mutterings of 'Loose Lips' Lucinda Creighton who took to Twitter on Sunday to scold the health minister's assertion that grasping the thorny nettle of abortion had indeed been part of Fine Gael's election manifesto. The tart tweet from the European affairs minister instructed James Reilly not to "make things up . . . don't mislead people".

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