Saturday 18 November 2017

Thomas Molloy: Time to face home truths as Leo states the obvious

Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

ARE we beginning to see the first tiny cracks within Fine Gael as the party's right wing bristles at the Coalition's leisurely approach to solving our economic woes?

Last week, we saw Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton breaking ranks by making it clear that he favours unpopular cuts to the salaries of hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers. Yesterday, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar became the first cabinet minister to admit that we won't be returning to the bond markets anytime soon.

Both men were involved in the botched coup to remove Enda Kenny from the leadership of Fine Gael last year and it is tempting to believe that there is something going on once again. Tempting but unlikely. Like Tigger in Winnie the Pooh, Varadkar is one of those bouncy personalities who just can't help saying what he thinks. He is smoother than he used to be but he is still a man in a hurry and impatient with cant. His latest comments appear to betray that intolerance for guff rather than form part of a conspiracy.

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