Party think-ins: prelude to a fight

With just four weeks to go to Budget 2014 and a controversial referendum on the abolition of the Seanad, coalition tensions are quickly building, writes Niamh Connolly.

14th September, 2013
Members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party: some Labour backbenchers have dubbed their coalition colleagues 'austerity junkies.' Photo: Michael McLaughlin

Political parties make their annual pilgrimages tomorrow to various parts of the country to mull over what is likely to be one of the most difficult and volatile Dáil terms ahead.

October's budget will top all of the agendas, but the government parties face the added challenge of rousing their own reluctant troops for a Seanad referendum campaign that few of them support, and even fewer wish to be seen campaigning for.

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