An interesting omission… October 22, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, European Politics, Irish Politics.
Then there is the prospect of a deal on the bank debt. Despite the continuous on/off speculation and raucous scepticism of the Opposition some sort of deal will inevitably emerge arising from the European Council decision last June. The big question is the scale of the deal and its timing.
But perhaps our ‘special case’ status, as outlined last night will change that. Or perhaps not.
But then Collin’s is banging the drum for not ‘straying off course on finances’ which he regards as the ‘main risk’ to the Coalition.
But there are other oddities too…
After 18 months in office this Government has lost three Labour TDs who defied the party whip and are now campaigning inside the party for a change in policy direction.
Former junior minister Róisín Shortall even joined in a demonstration outside the gates of Leinster House against cuts in the home help service during the week.
On the Fine Gael side frustration at the continuing protection afforded to the public service under the terms of the Croke Park agreement while frontline services are being cut led eight of the party’s backbenchers to question the direction of policy.
The party hierarchy has over-reacted, coming down on them like a ton of bricks for relatively mild dissent, but it indicates a degree of nervousness in the Government about the forthcoming budget.
Has the name Denis Naughten T.D. been entirely forgotten? Surely it couldn’t be because he came from Fine Gael?