Wednesday 13 December 2017

John Drennan: Attacks on 'soft' FG add to tensions in Coalition

Labour senator calls for partners to 'toughen up' on €3.5bn savings


TENSIONS are increasing between the Coalition partners on a number of fronts as the honeymoon period gives way to the hard grind of tough decisions.

In a week where Health Minister James Reilly came under fire from his own TDs over hospital closures in Roscommon, the Labour TD Joanna Tuffy launched a sharp criticism of Phil Hogan's new policies for political reform.

Speaking in the Dail, she said the minister's proposals to cut the number of Dail seats represented a rush to populism that could result in "less accountability and less democracy".

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