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Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

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Finian McGrath

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Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

LUKE 'Ming' Flanagan has apologised to his Independent Dail colleague Finian McGrath after the pair had a major bust-up last week.

The Herald revealed on Friday that tempers were strained between the two TDs during a row over the leadership of the Technical Group.

At one stage during the heated meeting, the outspoken TDs jumped to their feet and "almost came to blows", a number of sources confirmed.

The unprecedented row centred on the leadership of the Technical Group, with Deputy Flanagan demanding that it should fall to either him or his friend, Wexford TD Mick Wallace.

 

MEETING

But this was dismissed by Mr McGrath, who has told colleagues that such a scenario would only happen "over my dead body".

It now transpires that the pair met following the meeting and shook hands.

Deputy Flanagan apologised for his behaviour during the meeting, while Deputy McGrath also expressed his "regret" that the row took place.

The Dublin TD said last night that the bust-up did take place, but that the pair have settled their differences.

"This matter has been resolved and I for one look forward to moving on and focussing on the the important issues facing the people of this country," he said.

Deputy Flanagan did not respond to calls last night.

Deputy McGrath proposed that the leadership remain as it currently is until September. He was backed by Shane Ross and Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly.

But Deputy Flanagan immediately objected and said that it was his or Deputy Wallace's 'turn' to take over the leadership.

 

CAMPAIGN

Both men got on their feet and engaged in a shouting match, with Deputy Flanagan being dubbed a hypocrite.

It is understood that Deputy McGrath made the charge in relation to the revelation in March that Deputy Flanagan had had penalty points wiped from his driving licence, despite being part of a high-profile campaign that dubbed the practice corrupt.

The heated row prompted an intervention from Waterford TD John Halligan, who attempted to defuse the situation.

The issue of the leadership has been kicked into touch until September and until then will be shared between Waterford TD John Halligan and Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath.

However it is expected that Deputy Flanagan and Deputy Wallace will demand that the leadership be rotated – a scenario that sources say could cause the Technical Group to collapse.

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