Fine Gael cancels 'achievements' photocall

Fine Gael has cancelled an event in Dublin this morning which was scheduled to celebrate the achievements of the party's first year in Government.

The event was due to be held in Dublin’s Merrion Square, and was to feature Fine Gael TDs and Senators "hold coloured stars detailing significant Fine Gael achievements in Government", according to a Fine Gael press notice.

The party said that it had been presumed that their Coalition partners, the Labour Party, would be planning a similar event.

When they found out that was not the case, they opted to scrap the photocall.

A statement from the party said that much progress has been made in the Coalition's first year in office, but both parties realise a difficult road lies ahead.

Speaking to Kfm this morning, the Labour Party's Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte was critical of the Fine Gael plan, describing it as "silly".

"There's no point playing silly buggers either - we're in a very serious situation in this country," said Minister Rabbitte.

"This country's very economic independence was at risk this time last year

"I just don't think that it's wise in those circumstances to be seen to be going over the top about … some successes that the Government undoubtedly has had.

"I'm glad to see that Fine Gael has had the good sense to call it off."

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