Abortion and alcohol deepen coalition cracks

The cabinet meets for the last time before the August break on Tuesday, after a slew of controversies in recent weeks exposed divisions between the coalition parties.

21st July, 2012
Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore: uneasy alliance. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The cabinet meets for the last time before the August break on Tuesday, after a slew of controversies in recent weeks exposed divisions between the coalition parties on several issues.

That there are divisions between two very different parties is not a surprise. But that they have been so publicly aired, and so obviously scheduled to re-emerge again, suggests that difficult times lie ahead for the government in the autumn.

The coalition has not had...

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