‘Personal insults’ nearly sunk coalition

Howlin reveals fraught meeting of Economic Management Council over water charges

19th June, 2016
Eamon Gilmore clashed with Enda Kenny Pic: RollingNews.ie

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has revealed that “personal insults” were traded with Fine Gael ministers during a heated meeting on water charges that almost collapsed the last government.

The former public expenditure minister spoke for the first time about how he and the then tánaiste Eamon Gilmore clashed with Enda Kenny and finance minister Michael Noonan over water charges during a meeting of the government’s war cabinet in spring 2014.


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