Tensions rise as partners jostle for position
When Fine Gael and Labour formed a coalition after their general election victory last year, they proclaimed their intention to govern with "common purpose".
Lately, however, that pledge seems to have been thrown out of the window along with the unrealistic promises in the new Government's published programme.
In the 2013 Budget, now only five months away, two departments -- Health and Social Protection -- stand to suffer spending cuts. This is not a question of ideology. It is barely a question of choice.