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And big game brings the first split in government

A VERY public Cabinet rift has developed, the Herald can reveal.

Two Fine Gael ministers are totally at odds with each other -- but it's not over the upcoming Budget cuts.

In what is the first confirmed split in the new Cabinet, Leo Varadkar and Jimmy Deenihan say their differences are irreconcilable.

Even the neutral tones of Mayo Taoiseach Enda Kenny can't bring the Dublin and Kerry ministers back together in time for Sunday's All-Ireland final.

"When it comes to Kerry and football, there's no room for Cabinet collegiality," Arts Minister Deenihan admitted to the Herald.

But Sports Minister Varadkar, a Castleknock native, said that he believes the Dubs could have the edge.

"When I was down in Kerry during the summer, all the talk was of the dream All-Ireland showdown between Kerry and Dublin.

"There is obviously a great history between the two counties, although as Jimmy is always quick to point out, Kerry have had the upper hand," he said.

"However, come Sunday, I'm quietly confident that Dublin will do their bit to even the score."

But Minister Deenihan retorted: "Kerry are not for moving".

The Herald snapped the two ministers at Government Buildings yesterday where they were with Dublin supporter and former Olympic runner Eamonn Coghlan, who also showed up in his Dublin shirt, to help promote The Lord Mayor's Grand Canal Cycle for Console on September 25.