HEALTH CUTS and reduced public sector allowances for new entrants are continuing to provoke tensions in the Coalition ahead of this afternoon’s Cabinet meeting, the first since the summer break.

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton said yesterday it was not credible for Government backbenchers to suggest the recent announcement of a €130 million cost-reduction package by the Health Service Executive was a surprise.

“Whingeing and pretending that you were surprised by budget figures that were agreed last December is not really credible,” she said in an interview with The Irish Times.

“We all went into the Dáil chamber and voted for it, including all of the members of Labour and all of the members of Fine Gael. So let’s have the courage to stand over what we voted for last December and don’t pretend that it’s a surprise that the Department of Health has to meet certain targets.”

It’s so on…

Asses will be kicked. Faces will be slapped.

*popcorn, large Sprite, jelly snakes*

Coalition tensions persist over health cuts, public allowances (Mary Minihan, Deaglán de Bréadún and Martin Wall, Irish Times)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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