Portfolio rowled to split of Finance

The plan to split the Department of Finance emerged during the Fine Gael-Labour coalition talks after disagreement over which party should occupy the key finance portfolio.

12th March, 2011

The plan to split the Department of Finance emerged during the Fine Gael-Labour coalition talks after disagreement over which party should occupy the key finance portfolio.

Labour was determined to avoid a situation where the two central government departments, the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Finance, were both held by Fine Gael ministers.

Senior party figures believe that such a situation could result in Labour being excluded from key budgetary and economic...

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