Tuesday December 1, 2020

On the Front line

As the economy is rocked by further job losses, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan defends the government’s response to the ongoing crises

17th January, 2009

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan was running the country last week while Taoiseach Brian Cowen was on a trade mission in Japan - and she was keeping a close eye on the controversy over whether junior ministers should give up their posts.

Coughlan, who has five ministers of state attached to her office of enterprise, trade and employment - including a minister for lifelong learning - is not impressed with developments. ‘‘People have lost the...

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