Labour calls for talks to allow Tánaiste to travel to US

Labour calls for talks to allow Tánaiste to travel to US

Labour has today called for a meeting between the Tánaiste and her Opposition counterparts regarding the cancellation of a trade and jobs mission to the US.

Mary Coughlan pulled out of the event after Fine Gael withdrew its 'pairing' agreement whereby the party steps down one of its TDs if a Government Minister is prevented from participating in a Dáil vote.

The Labour Party has said that the political infighting should not be happening when the focus should be on job creation.

“There is a danger that this controversy will be seen as political in-fighting by political parties in the Dáil when the absolute priority should be to focus on job creation,” said Labour Spokesperson on Education and Science Ruairi Quinn.

The former minister accused the Tánaiste of being discourteous to TDs by not informing them in advance of the US trip.

But Mr Quinn said the Minister should have the chance to set out how important the mission is.

“In these circumstances, I believe that the national interest, and particularly the interests of the unemployed, would best be served by the Tánaiste meeting with the Opposition spokespersons, setting out details of the planned mission, explaining the importance she attaches to it and considering ways in which the current controversy could be resolved,” he said.


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