Behind-the-scenes difficulties in agreeing a health budget for next year have delayed agreement of the budget and led to sharp divisions between Fine Gael and Labour in recent weeks.
After last year's five-minutes-to-midnight deal between Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore in Government Buildings on the Saturday night before the budget, officials and ministers were determined to avoid a repeat this year. Yet that is where they have ended up this weekend.
Agreement on the health...
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