Tensions Mounting In Government Following Tax Break Proposals

The proposal was put forward by three junior ministers, two of which are midlands TDs.

Tensions are rising between the main coalition parties over the budget.

Tánaiste Michael Martin told the Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting last night that junior ministers writing newspaper opinion pieces 'was not helpful' and 'undermines' the budgetary process.

He was referring to a call for a €1000 tax break for workers in the next budget, and said the government would make 'collective decisions'.

The move was proposed by Longford Westmeath TD Peter Burke, Kildare South Deputy Martin Heydon and Jennifer Carroll Mac Neil.

However Fine Gael TD Colm Burke says the tax relief has been proposed for some time: 

The Enterprise Minister has defended three Fine Gael junior ministers, as tension brews among coalition parties. 

Minister Simon Coveney says the article reflects Fine Gael policy:

Fianna Fáil's reaction to calls for a €1,000 tax cut in the upcoming Budget is 'totally over the top.'

They're the words of Junior Minister Peter Burke.

But Deputy Burke says op-eds are a good forum for politicans to be transparent:

But Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless says it's a bit rich for Fine Gael to be making demands:

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